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Asian Games: Shooters grab three medals

Jakarta, Aug 21 (IANS) | Publish Date: 8/21/2018 11:58:08 AM IST

 Indian shooters Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma bagged the gold and bronze medals respectively in the Men’s 10 metre Air Pistol final in the ongoing 2018 Asian Games here on Tuesday.

Saurabh, 16, clinched the gold after producing an Asian Games record score of 240.7. It was India’s third gold medal at the ongoing Games.

Abhishek, 29, stood third scoring 219.3 to take India’s medal tally to seven. He had finished sixth during the qualification round. Tomoyuki Matsuda of Japan secured the silver with 239.7. He and Saurabh pulled away for the gold medal battle with points of 220.1 and 220.5 respectively as Abhishek was eliminated with 219.3 points after eight series.

Matsuda, 42, was leading the charge going into the ninth and final series having led after each of the series. But in the final series, he came up with first shot score of 8.9 to blow his chances as Saurabh overtook him with a 10.2 in his first shot of the series.

In the second shot of the series, Matsuda scored 10.3 but Saurabh did well with 10.4 to seal the title.

At the beginning, Saurabh, who topped the qualifications after a score of 586, began his finals with a 50.6 in the opening five-shot series. In the second five-shot series, he scored 50.8 to take his total to 101.4, while Matsuda had 103.3 in total at this point of time.

In the third series, a two-shot round, Saurabh scored 18.6. He then produced scores of 19.4, 20.0, 20.6, 20.2 to have a total of 200.2 at the end of seven series when Matsuda and Saurabh totalled 201.3 and 199.7 respectively as the top three places were determined.

In the eighth series, Saurabh, Matsuda and Abhishek got scores of 19.9, 19.2 and 19.6 as the latter was eliminated. The drama unfolded in the final series, with Matsuda coming up with his worst shot of the entire final round to give the advantage to Saurabh, who grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

Later, shooter Sanjeev Rajput assured India’s brilliant outcase in Shooting as he clinched a silver medal in the Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event.

The 37-year-old dominated the proceeding and registered a total shot of 452.7 to claim the silver medal, while Chinese shooter Hui Zicheng grabbed the gold medal with a score of 453.3. Japan’s Matsumoto Takayuki settled for bronze with a scoreline of 441.4.

Rajput dominated the proceedings in the keeling and prone positions, he recovered from 7.8 in the third series of the kneeling position to end in the top position with a score of 151.2.

The 37-year-old continued with his rich form, leading from start to finish after consistently shooting 10s. He had a total score of 307.1 after 30 shots.

In the standing position, Rajput led after the first series with a score of 355.6 but his slide coincided with Zicheng raising the bar.

However, the Indian shooter struggled in the standing position, but good shows in kneeling and prone booked his spot in the final with 1160.

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