Korean para-biathlete Sin Eui-hyun placed fifth out of 17 athletes at the men’s 12.5-kilometer (7.76-mile) biathlon sitting event on Tuesday. Though Sin skied remarkably, rifle shooting was what stopped him from medaling. Sin was in the lead 2.37 kilometers into the race, but missed one target out of five during the first shooting. As a penalty, he had to ski an additional 100 meters. During the short- and middle-distance races, biathletes must ski an additional penalty loop for every target they miss. Still, Sin caught up to be second in the lead just 5.04 kilometers into the race.
Sin Eui-hyun still determined to win
First place went to Ukraine’s Taras Rad, while Daniel Cnossen of the United States took second. Both had clean shooting sessions and missed no targets. Bronze went to another United States athlete, Andrew Soule, who missed two targets in the third session.
Starting tomorrow, the Paralympian will compete in three more races, including both the 1.1-kilometer and 7.5-kilometer events in cross-country skiing, and the 15-kilometer biathlon event. Sin Eui-hyun is known for earning South Korea’s first gold at a Winter Paralympic Games after winning the men’s cross-country skiing event at PyeongChang 2018. He marked the first time that South Korea took gold at the Winter Paralympic Games. This is since the country made its debut at Albertville 1992. Before Sin won gold, South Korea won two silvers and one bronze. It’s also Sin’s second medal at the PyeongChang Winter Paralympic Games. He has previously won bronze in the men’s 15km sitting cross-country skiing.