Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020: Gong Reaches Air Pistol Top 10, AMU’s Nguyen Makes Paralympic Debut

by
posted on September 1, 2021
2020para-games-1.jpg

Here are updates from the USA Shooting Paralympic Team athletes that competed Tuesday and Wednesday at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. 

YanXiao Gong Takes Ninth Place in Air Pistol 

YanXiao Gong
YanXiao Gong

For his Paralympic Games debut, YanXiao Gong (Malibu, Calif.) finished ninth in the P1 Men’s Air Pistol SH1 event Tuesday afternoon in Tokyo, Japan.

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 eighth place based on the X-count. 

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

The sole U.S. pistol shooter competing at Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, Gong has two more chances to earn a Paralympic medal in the P3 Mixed 25-meter Pistol SH1 and P4 Mixed 50-meter Pistol SH1 events on Thursday, September 2 and Saturday, September 4. 

AMU’s Kevin Nguyen Makes Paralympic Debut, Taylor Farmer Finishes 32nd in Air Rifle Prone

Kevin Nguyen
Kevin Nguyen

Also making his Paralympic Games debut was U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit shooter Kevin Nguyen (Westminster, Calif.), who finished 36th, while his teammate, Taylor Farmer (Castalia, Ohio), took 32nd in the R3 Mixed 10-meter Air Rifle Prone SH1 event on Wednesday morning at Tokyo’s Asaka Shooting Range.

Earlier this week in Tokyo, Farmer finished 14th in the R2 Women’s 10-meter Air Rifle Standing SH1 event.

Nguyen scored 627.9 in the qualifying round and Farmer scored 628.6. The two shooters averaged around a 10.4 score throughout the 60-shot qualification. 

Here is what Nguyen told USA Shooting about being a U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit athlete at the Paralympics: 

“I get the best of both worlds being a solider and being here representing the U.S. as a whole. My job here is to be an ambassador, to do my best, and represent the United States as best I can.”

Both Nguyen and Farmer will compete again on the final day of Paralympic shooting competition on Sunday, September 5. In addition, Farmer is slated to participate in one more event on Friday, September 3.

Subscribe to the free SSUSA Insider newsletter for the latest updates. 

All photos courtesy of USA Shooting.

Read more: Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 Shooting Events Update

Latest

Uspsamagazine 2024 1
Uspsamagazine 2024 1

Guide To Writing Better Practical Shooting Competition Articles

Do you want to write articles about competitive shooting sports like USPSA and Steel Challenge? Here are some tips to help you get published.

ISSF Lonato World Cup: Dania Vizzi Secures Women’s Skeet Silver Medal

Team USA shooter Dania Vizzi lands Women’s Skeet silver medal, with teammate Austen Smith claiming bronze at the 2024 ISSF Lonato World Cup, held in Lonato, Italy, Jun. 10-19, 2024.

Team Berger’s James Fox Wins Third Consecutive Washington State High Power Rifle Championship

James Fox makes it a three-peat after claiming victory at the 2024 Washington State High Power Rifle Championship in Puyallup, Wash., Jun. 1-2.

Review: XS Sights Fiber-Optic Sights For Glock Pistols

The new Glock fiber-optic sight kit from XS Sights has a wide rear notch and perfectly sized front sight with a green (or red) fiber-optic insert that’s easy to see, even in bright sunlight.

New: Federal Field & Range Gun Cases

Federal’s new Field & Range soft gun cases are now available for purchase.

NRA President Bob Barr To Speak At 2024 Daisy BB Gun Nationals Opening Ceremony

NRA President Bob Barr will be a special guest speaker at the opening ceremony of the 2024 Daisy BB Gun Nationals in Rogers, Ark., Jun. 30-Jul. 3.

Interests



Get the best of Shooting Sports USA delivered to your inbox.