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3:36 am - Tuesday January 23, 2018

10th Asian Airgun C’ship : India make brisk start, grab five medals on opening day

Agencies, New Delhi

Indian shooters made a brisk start on day first of 10th Asian Airgun Shooting Championship grabbing five medals at the Asaka Shooting Range in Wako City, Japan on Friday. In men’s 10m air rifle Ravi Kumar bagged bronze and in Junior men’s event Arjun Babuta clinched silver.

They also bagged three team silver medals in each of the three air rifle events. Meanwhile India had seven individual finalists across three events on opening day of the competition.

This will be the same range where the shooting competitions for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be hosted. In the men’s 10m air rifle Deepak Kumar qualified to fourth out of eight finalists shooting 627.5 after regulation 60 shots.

Ravi Kumar shot 624.6 at sixth, while former Olympic-Bronze medalist Gagan Narang, shot 624.5 to qualify in seventh place. The Chinee dominated top three position with Cao Yifei recording the highest score of 629.2.

In the finals Song grabbed gold with 250.2, silver went to another chinese Cao 248.6 while Ravi despite making into three International ISSF Finals this year without a medal, finally fetched bronze with 225.7.

Meanwhile another Indian Deepak failed to clinch a medal finishing fifth on a score of 185. Narang was consistent throughout the final and finished fourth with 205.6. The trio also combined for the team silver medal with a total of 1876.6, ahead of Japan (1866.7) and behind China (1885.9).

Arjun Babuta, an ISSF junior world cup bronze-medallist last year, also had an excellent day in the junior men’s 10m air rifle event. He shot consistently to win a silver behind rising Chinese star Yukun Liu, a reigning junior world champion and a winner of two ISSF World Cup stage medals this year in the senior category.

Arjun finished just 0.1 point behind Liu in the final. The other Indian in the final Tejas Krishna Prasad was eliminated in seventh position. However, the duo combined with Sunmoon Singh Brar to bag the Team Silver medal with a combined score of 1867.5.

In the women’s 10m air rifle, Anjum Moudgil and Meghana Sajjanar marched into the finals shot 417.5 and 415.9 to qualify for second and fourth positions respectively. Pooja Ghatkar, the third Indian in the fray, shot 413.6 to finish 11th.

Anjum thereafter missed a medal by a whisker, getting beaten in a shoot-off to determine third place, to Singapore’s Tan Qian Xiu Adele. Anjum shot 207.6 in the final, while Meghana Sajjanar finished sixth shooting 163.4. Both won the Team Silver in the event along with Pooja with a combined total of 1247 to finish behind China.

Another rising Chinese star Shi Mengyao, who has two ISSF World Cup stage Golds this year and a Silver, won the individual event with a score of 251 from teammate Ruozhu Zao who shot 250.2. Singapore’s Tan won Bronze with a score of 228.2.

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