Gong Earns 9th Place Finish in Air Pistol

In his Paralympic Games debut, YanXiao Gong (Malibu, California) finished 9th in the P1 Men’s Air Pistol SH1 event Tuesday afternoon in Tokyo.  

Gong’s qualifying round score of 563-17x left him one point shy of advancing to the medal round, where he would have qualified in 8th place based on x-count.

When asked about adjustments that led to his strong finish, Gong answered, “Instead of checking off and going over the mental list I’ve been going through, I just tried to enjoy it.”  

Gong, the only U.S. pistol athlete competing at Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 has two additional opportunities to compete for a Paralympic Medal in the P3 (Mixed 25m Pistol SH1) and P4 (Mixed 50m Pistol SH1) events taking place September 2 and September 4 respectively.  

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