Indian Shooters Clinch First Gold Medal with World Record Performance on Day 2 of Asian Games

Indian Shooters Clinch First Gold Medal with World Record Performance on Day 2 of Asian Games

Hangzhou, September 25: On the second day of the competition at the Hangzhou Asian Games, India clinched their first gold medal in spectacular fashion. The trio of Rudranksh Patil, Aishwary Tomar, and Divyansh Panwar joined forces to claim the men’s 10m air rifle title, setting a new world record in the process.

Together, the talented trio accumulated a remarkable total of 1893.7 points, surpassing China’s previous record of 1893.3 points. This historic achievement not only earned them the gold but also etched their names in the annals of world shooting records.

Notably, both Patil and Tomar secured spots in the individual final, underscoring their exceptional skills. However, Panwar, although finishing in the top 8, couldn’t participate in the final as per the regulations permitting only two individuals per National Olympic Committee (NOC).

In the men’s individual 10m Air Rifle event, Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar added to India’s medal tally with a bronze. Tomar displayed tremendous composure in a highly competitive final, concluding with a score of 228.8 and securing India’s fourth shooting medal at the Asian Games. Unfortunately, Rudrankksh Patil narrowly missed out on a podium finish, coming in fourth.

Following this remarkable performance by the rifle shooters, India’s pistol shooters contributed to the medal count with the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Team clinching a bronze medal. The trio of Anish, Vijayveer, and Adarsh showcased their skills, amassing a total score of 1718 points, just 47 points short of the gold-winning team from China. Korea secured the second position in the event.

In other sporting disciplines, the Indian rowing team made its mark with two bronze medals. The men’s four rowing team, comprising Jaswinder, Bheem, Punit, and Ashish, clocked a time of 6:10:81 to secure third place. Similarly, the men’s quadruple sculls team, consisting of Satnam, Parminder, Jakar, and Sukhmeet, grabbed another bronze medal with a timing of 6:08:61, trailing behind China and Uzbekistan.

However, Balraj Panwar narrowly missed out on a medal in the men’s singles sculls final, finishing fourth with a time of 7:08.79s.

In the swimming arena, Srihari Nataraj’s impressive performance in the men’s 50m backstroke heats secured his place in the final after finishing sixth in the heats.

The day also holds promise with the Indian women’s cricket team competing against Sri Lanka in the gold medal match. Additionally, the Indian mixed table tennis team will be in action later in the day. The Indian men’s and women’s table tennis teams faced defeats on Day 1, with the men’s team losing to South Korea and the women’s team falling to Thailand.

On Monday, India secured five medals, including three silver and two bronze, showcasing their prowess on the Asian Games stage.
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