India strikes first gold at Asian Games in shooting

The Indian shooters shattered the previous mark of 1893.3 points by posting an astonishing score of 1893.7, firmly etching their names in the annals of Asian Games history.

New Delhi | Updated: 25 September, 2023 4:17 pm IST
The trio of Rudrankksh Balasaheb Patil, Divyansh Singh Panwar, and Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar stood tall as they seized India's first gold medal of the Asian Games.

NEW DELHI: India made its mark at the 2023 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, with an outstanding performance in the shooting events, striking its first gold.

The trio of Rudrankksh Balasaheb Patil, Divyansh Singh Panwar, and Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar stood tall as they seized India’s first gold medal of the Asian Games. What made their victory even more remarkable was their triumphant break of China’s record, achieved earlier in the year at the World Championships in Baku. The Indian shooters shattered the previous mark of 1893.3 points by posting an astonishing score of 1893.7, firmly etching their names in the annals of Asian Games history.

Rudrankksh Patil, despite finishing third in the qualification round, emerged as the standout performer within the team, amassing an impressive 632.5 points. Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar contributed to the victory with his 631.6 points, earning him fifth place. Meanwhile, Divyansh Singh Panwar’s score of 629.6 secured his spot in the final, although he missed out on an individual medal due to the rule that permits only two shooters from a National Olympic Committee (NOC) to advance to the final round.

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Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar continued to shine on the Asian Games stage by securing a bronze medal in the men’s 10m air rifle event. In a thrilling shoot-off for third place, he outperformed his compatriot and world champion Rudrankksh Patil. The gold in this event was claimed by China’s Sheng Lihao, who exhibited sheer dominance from start to finish and set a new world record with a staggering score of 253.3. South Korea’s Park took the silver with a commendable score of 251.3, breaking the previous Games Record.

The Indian perspective was electrified by the closely contested battle between Tomar and Patil during the final rounds of the competition. After 19 shots, Tomar and Patil were placed third and fourth, with the medal hanging in the balance. The tension reached its peak as the scores were leveled after the next shot. In a nail-biting shoot-off, Tomar clinched victory with an almost perfect 10.8, ensuring his well-deserved place on the podium. This triumph marked Tomar’s second medal of the Asian Games, having already contributed to the gold-winning men’s 10m air rifle team.

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