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Olympics-Shooting-Batsarashkina prevails in shoot-off to win 25m gold

TOKYO (Reuters) -Russian Vitalina Batsarashkina won the gold medal in the women’s 25-metre pistol event at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday.

Kim Min-jung of South Korea won the silver, while China’s Xiao Jiaruixuan claimed the bronze.

Both Batsarashkina and Kim shot an Olympic record of 38 in the final to force a shoot-off in which the Russian, who had won the 10m pistol gold on Sunday, prevailed.

Bulgarian Antoaneta Kostadinova, who won silver in 10m pistol, finished fourth after topping the qualification round.

Rio Games champion Anna Korakaki of Greece came sixth.

Bulgaria’s two-time Olympic champion Maria Grozdeva missed the cut, as did world champion Olena Kostevych of Ukraine.

Georgian Nino Salukvadze, who became the first female athlete to compete in nine Olympics, finished her campaign without a medal in Tokyo having failed to reach the final of both her pistol events.

Russian athletes are competing under the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) flag at the Tokyo Olympics this year as part of sanctions for doping scandals.

(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; Editing by Peter Rutherford and Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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