Asian Airgun C’ship: Jitu Rai, Heena Sidhu bag medals

Pistol aces Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu led from the front to continue India’s medal charge on day three.

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Jitu won an individual bronze in the men’s 10m air pistol, which also helped the Indian team. They comprising of Shahzar Rizvi and Omkar Singh apart from Jitu, win the team gold in the event.

Having won 11 medals on the first two days of the competition, India’s medal count with one more day of competition left. They Stands at four gold, six silver and seven bronze for a total of 17 medals so far.

In the men’s 10m air pistol, it was youngster Shahzar Rizvi who topped qualification with a score of 583. He along with Jitu, who shot 577 to finish fifth in qualifying, made it two Indians in the eight-man final.

China won gold with 1137 and Chinese Taipei won bronze with 1126. Yukari Konishi of Japan won the individual gold in the event with an Asian record score of 245.3 while veteran Mongolian Otryad Gundegmaa won Silver with 241.6.

Heena began well in the final, but a 7.8 in the 11th shot meant she had to be satisfied with an individual bronze with a final score of 217.2.

In the final, it was Gaurav who was fastest of the blocks, but the two Chinese Jiayu Wu and Sihao Tang shot consistently to claim yet another Chinese 1-2 with Wu winning Gold with 241.1 and Tang, the Silver with 237.9. Anmol Jain, who began fourth, was briefly in second after the 18th shot, but lost out to Sihao Tang at the end of the 20th, to settle for bronze finishing with 217.8.

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