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Hangzhou, Sep 25: In a remarkable achievement, India won its first gold medal at the 19th Asian Games held in Hangzhou, China. The Indian shooting team comprising Rudransh Patil, Divyansh Singh Panwar, and Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar topped the men’s 10m air rifle team event. What made her win even more impressive was that she set a new world record score during her performance.
The Indian trio won the gold medal with an extraordinary score of 1893.7 points. Rudransh Patil, last year’s individual World Championship gold medalist in the 10m air rifle category, contributed to the team’s score of 632.5 points. Divyansh Singh Panwar added 629.6 points, while Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar contributed 631.6 points, ultimately topping the team competition.
The Republic of Korea took the silver medal with a total score of 1890.1, while the host nation, China, won the bronze medal with a score of 1888.2, defeating Iran, which finished fourth with a score of 1885.6.
The Indian team’s total score of 1893.7 not only won them the gold medal but also surpassed the previous world record of 1983.3, set by the Chinese team at the ISSF World Cup in Baku in August of the same year.
The Indian team displayed exceptional shooting skills throughout the competition. Although he was in second place after the initial round of 10 shots, he steadily improved his performance. Her scores in the subsequent rounds were 315.9, 313.7, 315.9, 318.7, and 315.8, ensuring her victory and a world record-breaking performance.
While Rudransh and Aishwarya qualified for the eight-shooter final in the individual competition with scores of 632.5 and 631.6 respectively, Divyansh Singh Panwar finished eighth with a qualifying score of 629.6 and missed the final by only two shooters. One country was allowed to compete in the final round. China’s Lihao Sheng topped the qualifying round with a score of 634.5, setting a new Asian Games record for the qualifying round.