India started the third day of the 18th Asian Games with the gold hunt at the shooting range with Saurabh Chaudhary emerging the 10-metre air pistol champion, landing the third gold for the nation.
Abhishek Verma assured a double delight for India as he returned a third-place finish alongside Chaudhary.
Saurabh Chaudhary’s magical performance included a record-breaking Asian Games show. He scored 240.7 to grab the gold medal while his Japanese counterpart Matsuda struck 239.7. Abhishek Verma won the bronze with a score of 219.3
It was a super performance by the youngster Saurabh Chaudhary after he topped the qualification round with an outstanding score of 586. Abhishek Verma qualified in the 6th position with a score of 580.
India have previously won three medals in shooting, Deepak Kumar won silver in 10m Air Rifle event, a teenager Lakshay bagged silver medal in Men’s Trap event and Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar opened India’s Asian Games 2018 medal account with bronze in 10m Air Rifle team Event.
Shortly after the 10m air pistol glory for India, Commonwealth Games’18 gold medallist Sanjeev Rajput claimed the silver medal in the 50m rifle 3 Position. Rajput, with 452.7 points, finished just behind his Chinese rival Hui Zicheng, who bagged the gold with 453.3 score.
Sanjeev was leading the chart from the beginning but concentration lapse in the middle relegated him to the second position.
It was India’s 3rd gold medal in Asian Games 2018 in three days and 7th medal overall. Bajrang Punia Won Gold medal in wrestling 65kg weight category and Vinesh Phogat made the nation proud yesterday in wrestling 50 kg weight category. She also became the first women to win a gold medal in Asian Games for India.
Sports minister and 2004 Athens Olympics silver medallist shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has congratulated Chaudhary. The sports minister took to Twitter to laud the teenager’s feat. “16 Years. Very first Asian Games. AND A MEDAL.
“The INCREDIBLY talented #SaurabhChaudhary has truly arrived! WELL DONE, young man! Proud of you! #AsianGames2018 #IndiaAtAsianGames,” tweeted the Olympic medallist shooter-turned-politician.
16 years. Very first Asian Games. AND A ? MEDAL.
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 21, 2018
The 16-year-old Chaudhary also holds the world record of 243.7 points in the 10m air pistol event.