By Gary Anderson

Jin Jongoh of South Korea takes aim on his way to winning World Championship gold in Granada ©ISSFSouth Korea's three-time Olympic gold medallist Jin Jongoh broke the longest-standing world record in the sport to claim victory in the men's 50 metre pistol final at the Shooting World Championships in Granada.

Jin completed his medal set by picking up his first world title and, with 583 points, he broke the record of 581 set by Alexander Melentiev representing the Soviet Union at the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games before he was even born. 

In the process he secured his place at Rio 2016 as he chases a fourth Olympic gold which would make him the most decorated shooter in Games history.

"Every time I shot a match, ever since I started competing, I have been trying to reach that result," said the 34-year-old, born two months after Melentiev had set the record.

"It feels awesome.

"Winning the World Championship title is a great achievement for me.

"And I am happy to be the first South Korean shooter to win a quota place for Rio 2016."

Joining Jin in Rio will be India's Jitu Rai and former Olympic champion Pang Wei of China, who secured silver and bronze medals, while fourth-placed Hoang Xuan Vinh of Vietnam clinched the final qualifying spot.

South Korea's Jin Jongoh celebrates after claiming gold in the men's 50 metre pistol final and breaking a 34-year-old world record set before he was even born ©ISSFSouth Korea's Jin Jongoh celebrates after claiming gold in the men's 50 metre pistol final and breaking a 34-year-old world record set before he was even born ©ISSF

Italy's Petra Zublasing was crowned the women's 10m air rifle world champion with a dramatic win over China's London 2012 gold medallist Yi Siling

Zublasing finished in 35th place at the last World Championships in Munich in 2010 and it looked like she was not going to trouble the podium again in Granada after a poor start.

But the 25-year-old suddenly began to find her range to rocket up the leader board to claim first place with her penultimate shot.

Siling registered 10.1 with her final effort but a 10.3 from the ice-cool Italian was enough to secure a first major international title ending up on 207.1 points.

Siling had to make do with silver while bronze went to Germany's double world champion Sonja Pfeilschifter.

"I still can't believe that I made it," said Zublasing.

"I was shaking.

"I started off with some bad nines, and I was sure I was going to be eliminated.

"At that point, I calmed down and tried to at least close the match in a decent way.

"I shot faster, and somehow that worked for me.

"I started climbing up, and I still don't know how I ended up in first."

Italy's Petra Zublasing fired her way to World Championship gold with a late surge in Granada ©ISSFItaly's Petra Zublasing fired her way to World Championship gold with a late surge in Granada ©ISSF

With six Rio 2016 places up for grabs, China's Zhang Bin Bin, Serbian Andrea Arsovic and Stine Nielsen of Denmark will come away from Granada happy with their performance.

Meanwhile, Russia's Andrey Pochepko won the first ever junior final to take place at a World Championships as he triumphed in the men's 50m pistol competition.

The 19-year-old finished with 193.6 points putting him 3.5 clear of silver medal winner Dario Di Martino of Italy and China's Bowen Zhang who took bronze.

With team mate Wu Jiayu coming fourth, China secured the overall team title ahead of Russia and South Korea.

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