Russia's Vitalina Batsarashkina sets Olympic record in winning women's 10-meter air pistol gold

TOKYO -- Russian shooter Vitalina Batsarashkina won gold in women's 10-meter air pistol at the Olympics on Sunday, five years after taking silver at the Rio de Janeiro Games.

Batsarashkina just missed gold in Rio and followed through in Tokyo, shooting an Olympic-record 240.3 points to finish 0.9 ahead of Bulgaria's Antoaneta Kostadinova.

Jian Ranxin of China took bronze after matching Greece's Anna Korakaki's three-year-old record of 587 points to lead qualifying.

"I still can't believe I won gold,'' Batsarashkina said through an interpreter.

The 24-year Russian shooter still has plenty more chances to add to her haul.

Also on Sunday, Nina Salukvadze of Georgia -- who made history by becoming the first athlete to compete in nine Olympics -- announced she will not return for a 10th Olympics after failing to qualify for the finals.

Salukvadze is calling it a career after Tokyo following a decorated career derailed, in part, by eye surgery.

The 52-year-old Salukvadze first competed at the 1988 Seoul Olympics for the Soviet Union, winning a gold and a silver. She added a bronze at the 2008 Beijing Games and became the first mother/son duo to compete at the same games with Tsotne Machavariani in 2016.

Salukvadze had surgery in 2019 and was forced to change eyes for shooting, but still managed to qualify for her record ninth Olympics. She finished 31st in 10-meter air pistol and will compete in 25-meter pistol on Friday.

"I'm not going to try qualifying for the Olympics any more,'' she told Russian state news agency RIA Novosti.

Batsarashkina, ranked 10th in the world, was third in qualifying and moved ahead of Kostadinova with a 10.7 with three shots to go. Batsarashkina closed out with a 10.2 to earn the gold she just missed in Rio.

The 35-year-old Kostadinova received a bit of redemption with her silver medal after missing the 2008 Beijing Olympics and being banned for two years after testing positive for cocaine at a World Cup event. She was adamant that she unknowingly ingested the drug, saying someone else was responsible, and returned to the sport in 2010.

Kostadinova had some solid finishes after returning, but was ranked 45th in the world heading into the Tokyo Olympics. She calmed her nerves when she needed it most, holding in the emotions on the shooting range to earn her first medal in her third Olympics.

"Maybe from the outside, people see us as unemotional, but inside there's a lot of emotions and sometimes we couldn't control it,'' said Kostadinova, who wiped away tears during several post-finals interviews. "This time, today, I could control my emotions and have a medal for it.''

Jiang was second, 0.9 points behind Batsarashkina heading into the closing shots, but had a pair of 9.2 shots and closed with a 9.0 to finish third.

India's high expectations for a big medal haul in shooting took another hit when Yashaswini Deswal and Manu Bhaker, ranked Nos. 1-2 in the world, failed to get through qualifying.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.