Ukraine's Petriv Wins Gold In Beijing

BEIJING, China -- Oleksandr PETRIV of Ukraine has won the gold medal in the men's 25-meter (82-feet) rapid-fire pistol.

Oleksandr Petriv of Ukraine holds his national flag as he celebrates winning in the men's 25m (82 ft) rapid fire pistol final at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 16, 2008.

Three-time gold medalist Ralf Schumann of Germany won the silver Saturday, and Christian REITZ of Germany took the bronze.

Petriv was tied for third after qualifying. In the final round, six competitors shoot in groups of three in reverse order of standing.

Petriv shot in the first group, then watched as those ahead of him faltered.

American Keith Sanderson was in first place after qualifying, then shot his way off the podium entirely. He finished fifth.

Petriv finished with a score of 780.2. Schumann ended up at 779.5.

Source: NBC Olympics