In just two days, the Indian Shooting delegation won five medals, including one gold medal. The outstanding effort from the Indian Shooting team displays the country’s supremacy in the game, as it makes a mark on the Asian games. The Indian 10m air rifle team, under the leadership of the world champion Rudrankksh Patil, was assertive of victory. The team secured India’s first gold at this tournament and created history. They set a world record on Monday, marking their name in the Elite shooters of the game.
Talking about the details of the game, in a close battle against his countryman Rudrankksh, Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar claimed an individual bronze medal. Tomar increased India’s medal count to four. In the next contest, a 25m rapid-fire team event, the team of three experienced shooters Adarsh Singh, Anish Bhanwala, and Vijayveer Sidhu scored 1718, securing a bronze, just behind South Korea and China, with a score of 1734 and 1765 respectively. The highlight of the event was when the 10m air rifle team claimed the gold medal. The air rifle team included Rudrankksh, Aishwary, and an Olympian, Divyansh Singh Panwar. During the qualification round, the team had an aggregate score of 1893.7.
The Indian trio competed nicely against the strong Chinese and Korean teams claiming the gold. Rudrankksh exhibited an exceptional performance by scoring 632.5, while Tomar and Panwar scored 631.6 and 629.6, bringing the aggregate to 1893.7. South Korea, which claimed the Silver medal, had an aggregate of 1890.1, while China had 1888.2 claiming bronze. A small bit of disappointment hit the Indian team, as they just missed the silver and gold places. Despite performing well in the qualification round, Tomar only managed 228.8 for the bronze medal. South Korea’s Park Hajun took the Silver spot after China’s Sheng Lihao, who scored the world record score of 253.3, grabbed the gold medal. As the team played well and left the competitors behind in the race for gold, the father of 19-year-old Rudrankksh Patil, said that his son was determined to perform his best in the tournament. He is confident about his abilities.