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Tiršek wins second medal at Tokyo Paralympics

Tokyo, 1 September - Shooter Franček Gorazd Tiršek won bronze in the men's 10m air rifle prone event at the Tokyo Paralympics on Wednesday in what is the second medal for him and Slovenia at the ongoing games.

Slovenian Paralympic shooter Franček Gorazd Tiršek.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

Tiršek won silver in the air rifle standing competition on Monday, having already won medals of the same colour in this discipline at the two previous Paralympics. He now has four Paralympic medal under his belt.

In today's prone event, the Slovenian shooter squeezed into the finals as the 8th after beating the ninth placed rival by barely 0.2 points in the final qualifying series.

He was stepping up his performance in the finals to beat South Korea's Jiseok Lee by two shots in the decisive battle for bronze.

However, the deficit separating him from silver was too big. Ukraine's Vasyl Kovalchuk stayed ahead, but had to concede to Serbia's Dragan Ristić in the battle for gold.

Ristić set a new Paralympic record with 255.5 points. Kovalchuk scored 254.7 and Tiršek 232.4 points.

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