Double gold for Turkey in shooting

13 May 2017
Iran's Narjes Emamgholi (L) and Iran's Elalheh Ahmadi compete during the women's 10m air rifle final at the Baku 2017.
Iran's Narjes Emamgholi competes during the women's 10m air rifle final at the Baku 2017.

Turkey and Azerbaijan claimed the first gold medals of the Islamic Solidarity Games on Saturday, while there was double delight for Iran with first and second place in the women's 10m air rifle.

Omer Akgun scored an impressive 249.8 points to win a tightly-contested men's 10m air rifle final ahead of Bangladesh's Md Rabbi Hasan Munna on 245.5 points.

Youngster Sadkhan Sayfuddinov of Uzbekistan took the bronze medal on 224.1 points in what was his first final among the seniors.

"I'm very happy. It's the first medal for Turkey and the first medal in the Games. I'm very proud", said winner Akgun.

"I came here thinking only of the first place. It was my one and only aim. The hairs were standing up on the back of my arm when I realised I had won and, on top of it all, I set a new Turkish record", he added.

He was soon to be followed by Nihan Gurer in the women's trap final. The 35-year old sharpshooter, who represented Turkey at the 2012 London Olympics, took a comfortable early lead to bag her country's second gold of the day.

She finished with 41 points, four more than second-placed Shafag Amrahova of Azerbaijan. Qatar's Khouloud Hassan Al Khalaf settled for the bronze a further eight points adrift.

Later in the day, the Irani team made Tehran proud by claiming first and second place in the 10m air rifle with Uzbekistan's Sakina Mamedova easing into third to prevent a clean sweep.

The event was dominated by Narjest Ememgholi, who finished with 249.6 points, 3.5 points more than her compatriot Elaheh Ahmadi.

"I'm so proud. I expected to win something but maybe not the gold. It's a dream come true", said Ememgholi.

"It wasn't easy because we know each other well (with Elaleh Ahmadi) as we train together.

"But I'm not really surprised with the results. I've been doing that in training so I had to believe in myself", she added.

Hosts Azerbaijan got their first gold medal of the Games with Ruslan Lunev edging out Turkey's Yusuf Dikec in the 25m centre-fire pistol final.

© Agence France-Presse

Official Partners
Official Supporters