Serb wins men's 50m pistol - Mikec stays cool to win second Shooting gold
Damir Mikec on his way to gold in the 50m pistol event. Tom Pennington/Getty Images
Serb wins men's 50m pistol after earlier claiming 10m air pistol
Damir Mikec claimed his second gold medal of the Baku 2015 European Games by winning the men's 50m pistol event on Saturday.
The Serb, who already has the 10m air pistol gold, took the lead after 11 of 20 shots, and held a comfortable advantage from that point onwards, scoring 192.2 points to finish ahead of Pavol Kopp of Slovakia and Turkey's Abdullah Omer Alimoglu.
Mikec said: "After the (10m) air pistol I didn't relax and I didn't celebrate. I just cooled down and prepared for my other discipline, which is my favourite one, so I feel more confident here."
Asked how he would celebrate now, Mikec said: "I will see. The season is not finished. I still have a lot of work to do until September and this is a pre-Olympic year so there is no relaxing. There will be a small celebration, but that's it."
Serbia have won four Shooting gold medals at Baku 2014, with world no.4 Mikec's second gold adding to the success of Andrea Arsovic in the women's 10m air rifle and Zorana Arunovic in the women's 10m air pistol. "It's amazing," Mikec said proudly. "We are a small country with bad shooting ranges.
"We don't have many good conditions but the government helps us a lot so we can travel and have camps in other countries, so thanks to them."
Silver medallist Kopp said: "It's fantastic and I have a double joy because it's not only the silver medal but the quota place as well for the Olympics in Rio. To get the quota place was my first goal."
The competition was equally memorable for third-placed Alimoglu, who won the first medal of his career. He was quick to praise the crowd in Baku, saying: "I want to thank my Azeri brothers who really support me during the final. I felt that I was competing in my country."