Vietnam made history over the weekend, winning their first ever Olympic gold medal.
Hoang Xuan Vinh won his country’s first ever gold medal by winning the ten meter air pistol event on Saturday.
Vinh, an active serving Army colonel, edged out Brazil’s own Felipe Wu with a score of 202.5 compared to Wu’s score of 202.1.
Wu was .2 points in the lead coming up to the final shot. He shot first and scored a 10.1. Vinh responded to Wu’s final shot by scoring an amazing, 10.7 to clinch his victory for Vietnam.
Previously, Vinh won at the 2012 Asian championships and the 2013 ISSF World Cup.
Reportedly, Vinh learned to shoot when he joined the military in 1991, practicing with Ak-47’s.
Vietnamese state media said that when Vinh returns, he would receive $131,000 from the state.