Ukraine retained the world title in the R10 10m air rifle standing mixed team SH1 event at Al Ain after breaking their own world record in qualifying ©Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination

Ukraine’s Iryna Shchetnik, who has already earned two silvers at the Al Ain World Para Shooting Championships, secured gold and a world record today in the R10 10 metres air rifle standing mixed team SH1 event.

The 23-year-old Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist and her partner Andrii Doroshenko, silver medallist in the R1 event, earned a 16-6 victory over Lee Yun-ri and Shim Young-jip of South Korea, having set a world record of 622.7 points in qualifying.

The mark bettered the score they had set at this year's World Cup in Munich.

In so doing, the Ukraine pair defended the title they had won in Sydney three years ago.

The experienced South Korean pairing - Lee was a gold medallist at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics - were only 1.3 points adrift in their qualifying total.

With the Ukrainians leading 14-6 before the final round, Doroshenko and both of his opponents scored 10.3 and Shchetnik finished with a score of 10.5.

"It was an impressive win," Shchetnik said.

"The gold medal is the result of hard work and a good combination.

"The next goal is the Paris 2024 gold medal."

The bronze medal was won by the South Korean’s team-mates Park Jin-ho, the Tokyo 2020 silver medallist in R3, and Lee Yoo-eong, who beat India's Avani Lekhara, who won gold and bronze at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, and Swaroop Mahavir Unhalkar 16-8.

Competition at the Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club in Abu Dhabi continues tomorrow with the mixed 10m air rifle prone SH2 event and the mixed 50m pistol SH1 event.

South Korea lead the medals table with 14 medals, including five gold, followed by Italy and France.

The World Championships will conclude on Thursday (November 17).