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Sift Kaur Samra breaks WORLD RECORD in 50m 3 rifle positions to take gold, Ashi Chouksey wins bronze

Sift Kaur Samra breaks WORLD RECORD in 50m 3 rifle positions to take gold, Ashi Chouksey wins bronze

Indian shooter Sift Kaur Samra had earlier won the silver medal in women's 50m 3 rifle positions team event at the Asian Games, along with Ashi Chouksey

Indian shooter Sift Kaur Samra brought India’s fifth gold at the ongoing Asian Games in the women’s 50m 3 rifle positions on Wednesday, after shooting a score of 469.6 in the final. With this solid showing, she shattered the previous WORLD RECORD held by Great Britain’s Seonaid McIntosh (467), which the latter had achieved in Baku earlier this year. The joy of the gold medal was doubled as Ashi Chouksey too finished with a bronze medal in the event, scoring 451.9 points in the final.

In the final, both Sift and Ashi had maintained a solid lead throughout and were in the gold and silver medal positions, respectively. In the kneeling round, Sift had 154.6, while her compatriot managed 152.5. It became 312.5 at the end of being prone to Sift, and 311.6 for Ashi. It was in the last shot of the standing position, where the eliminations take place, that she shot a poor 8.9 to end up with bronze only. China’s Qiongyue Zhang produced a shot of 10.5 under pressure, to upgrade her medal to silver.

Sift Kaur Samra, Ashi Chouksey & Manini Koushik bag silver in qualification

Prior to the final, the team of Indian shooters Sift Kaur Samra, Ashi Chouksey, and Manini Koushik had added one more medal to India’s tally at the Asian Games. They clinched the silver medal in the 50m rifle 3 position team event after scoring 1764 points in the qualification. Hosts China won the gold with an aggregate score of 1773, while South Korea bagged the bronze with a total score of 1756.

Samra and Chauksey had qualified for the finals as well by finishing second and sixth, respectively, while Kaushik bowed out in the individual event by finishing 18th.

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