Photo: Leuris Pupo
Cuban shooter Leuris Pupo came from behind to take the gold medal in the 25-meter rapid fire pistol final at the London Olympics.
Russia’s Alexei Klimov, the current world champ, did best in the qualifying round and reached the final favored to take the title in his first Olympic appearance.
But when the chips were down the Russian faltered, as did China’s Ding Feng, while Pupo remained steady to win his first Olympic title after coming in ninth at Sydney in 2000, eighth at Athens in 2004 and seventh at Beijing in 2008.
In the end, Klimov did not even make it onto the podium as he came in fourth. The silver medal went to India’s Vijay Kumar, who was fourth in the qualifying round, while Ding took the bronze.
The Olympic gold is the first major championship of Pupo’s career.