India Strikes Gold Again in Shooting at Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou
Written by Sanjay Kumar
Hangzhou, September 29, 2023 – In yet another dazzling display of marksmanship, India’s men’s 50m rifle three-positions team secured a resounding gold medal victory at the Asian Games 2023 held in Hangzhou on Friday. The Indian shooting contingent continues to shine, with Esha Singh-led women’s 10m air pistol trio also making their mark by clinching a silver medal at the prestigious event.
India’s stellar performance in the shooting events at the Asian Games has now amassed an impressive 15 medals, with five of them being gold. The nation’s dominance in this discipline shows no signs of waning, and there is anticipation for further success in the days to come.
The men’s 50m rifle three-positions team, comprised of the young and talented trio – Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar (591), Swapnil Kusale (591), and Akhil Sheoran (587), set a new world record with an astounding score of 1769, securing the top spot on the podium. Their performance left the Chinese team trailing by six points, as the hosts managed 1763 points. South Korea secured the third position with 1748 points.
The Indian trio’s remarkable achievement extended to the world record books, where they outperformed the previous record by a staggering eight points. Aishwary and Swapnil also excelled individually, making it to the finals and securing the first and second positions, respectively, after the qualification round – a historic feat in a sport traditionally dominated by Chinese competitors at the Asian level.
Despite his impressive performance, Akhil, who finished fifth in the qualification round with 587 points, will miss out on the individual medal round due to the rule allowing only two shooters per country in the finals.
Swapnil, considered one of India’s medal hopefuls at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris, displayed peak form by setting new records. He achieved a superb score of 591 in the qualification round, breaking both the Asian and Asian Games records.
Aishwary, matching Swapnil’s score, secured a spot in the finals, claiming the second position based on the number of ‘inner-10s’ shots – Swapnil recorded 33, while Aishwary had 27.
In an extraordinary display of precision and composure, both Swapnil and Aishwary maintained an average score of 9.850, nearing the maximum score of 10 in each of the shots in all three positions – kneeling, prone, and standing. This remarkable performance underscored the Indian shooters’ ability to withstand the relentless competition from the Chinese competitors.
The Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou continues to be a stage for India’s shooting stars to shine, with high hopes for more medals and record-breaking performances in the days ahead.
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