Guangming Daily reporter Wang Dong
On the morning of September 26, Huang Yuting, a 17-year-old girl from Zhejiang, and her teammate Sheng Lihao won the mixed team 10-meter air rifle gold medal at the Hangzhou Asian Games. This is Huang Yuting’s third gold medal after winning two gold medals in the women’s 10-meter air rifle team competition and individual competition. She also became the first “triple crown” at this Asian Games; Sheng Lihao followed on the 25th After winning the men’s 10-meter air rifle individual gold medal and breaking the world record, he also became a “double champion.”
On September 26, Huang Yuting (left) and Sheng Lihao competed in the 10-meter air rifle mixed team competition.Xinhua News Agency
At the award ceremony that followed, the reporter saw an interesting scene: two young players with green faces looked a little reserved when they took the bouquets from the award-giving guests. Huang Yuting, in particular, first wanted to raise a bouquet to greet the audience, and then secretly glanced at Sheng Lihao beside her. After seeing that her teammates were also a little overwhelmed, she put the half-raised bouquet on her chest. , and then pursed his lips, his young face full of nervousness and uneasiness. This scene is in sharp contrast to the image of the “sharp shooter” who looked calm and unhurried when facing a strong opponent an hour ago.
Single eyelids, fair skin, thin body, a ponytail, and neat look – Huang Yuting, born in 2006, is the youngest member of the Chinese shooting team at the Hangzhou Asian Games. Her teammate Sheng Lihao has just turned 20 and is the youngest male member of the Chinese shooting team. However, both of them have already won gold and silver medals in international competitions such as the World Championships and World Cup. Especially at this year’s World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, the two won the mixed team gold medal together. Compared with Huang Yuting, Sheng Lihao has experience competing in the Olympic Games. He won the silver medal in the men’s 10-meter air rifle in Tokyo.
At 9:30 in the morning, when entering the competition venue, Huang Yuting had a panda doll and a cartoon towel hung on the butt of her gun, and various Asian Games-related badges were pinned to the lanyard of her Asian Games ID. In the post-match interview, Huang Yuting told reporters that the panda doll was a gift she received, hoping it would bring good luck.
When Huang Yuting was 10 years old, the shooting rifle team of the Huangyan District Youth Sports School in Taizhou City, Zhejiang Province came to the school to select candidates. “At that time, the coach who came asked us to hold a piece of glass with one hand and stack small-caliber bullet casings on the glass with the other hand. I remember I stacked eight or nine in one go.” She told reporters, “Just like that, I was I was selected. The person who selected me to join the team was my first coach Lin Kehan. He later told me that he thought my coordination and stability were better.”
After a summer of training, Huang Yuting did not perform particularly well, but after only three or four months, she made rapid progress. Lin Kehan once said that Huang Yuting was very focused during training. As soon as she got the gun, it seemed as if the outside world had nothing to do with her.
Huang Yuting’s talent in shooting was quickly revealed. In 2017, she was selected into the shooting rifle team of Huangyan Junior Sports School. In 2020, she was sent to the Zhejiang Provincial Shooting Team. Starting in 2022, her results improved rapidly and she soon became the leader in the domestic women’s 10-meter air rifle event. At the 2022 World Shooting Championships, Huang Yuting, who just turned 16, won 2 golds and 1 silver, earning a ticket for the Paris Olympics for the Chinese team.
Lin Kehan introduced that Huang Yuting has a “big heart”: “This child’s performance in competitions often exceeds her training level. She is a competitive player.”
In this Asian Games, Huang Yuting applied for three items in total. In previous competitions, Huang Yuting and teammates Han Jiayu and Wang Zhilin won the women’s 10-meter air rifle team gold medal and won the individual event championship. Sheng Lihao also won the men’s 10-meter air rifle individual gold medal. In the last event, the mixed team competition, many people were predicting before the game that the two young champions had already “booked” the gold medal in advance.
Sure enough, the two scored 634.4 rings in the qualifying round, entering the gold medal match with a huge advantage of 4.1 rings ahead of the second-place Uzbekistan pair. After the gold medal game started, Huang Yuting and Sheng Lihao shot every shot very steadily, without giving their opponents any chance, and finally won the gold medal to the Chinese team with 16:2.
When talking about the psychological activities in the seconds before firing, Huang Yuting used 6 words – “hold the gun steady and buckle decisively”. Regarding future goals, she said that she will prepare for the next competition and hopes to win medals at the Paris Olympics with her teammates.
Facing reporters’ questions, Sheng Lihao was so nervous that he scratched his head twice. After relaxing for a moment, he uttered a few words: “I am quite satisfied with my performance.” He said that he would return to Beijing on the 27th to engage in new training.
After the Asian Games, the Asian Shooting Championships will begin, followed by next year’s Paris Olympics. Currently, the Chinese shooting team has secured full Olympic seats in air rifle and air pistol events. Regarding the future, Huang Yuting and Sheng Lihao still responded with the same sentence: “Be yourself.”
“Guangming Daily” (Page 08, September 27, 2023)
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