Asian Games: India wins first gold with record score in 10m Air Rifle Team event
New Delhi, Sep 25: India achieved a historic milestone at the 19th Asian Games, clinching its inaugural gold medal through the impeccable performance of Rudransh Patil, Divyansh Singh Panwar, and Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar in the Men's 10m Air Rifle Team event on Monday. The trio's exceptional shooting skills not only secured gold but also set a new world record for the event.
The Indian team secured the gold medal with a remarkable total score of 1893.7. Rudransh Patil, who had previously won the World Championship gold in the 10m Air Rifle Individual event last year, contributed 632.5 points, with Panwar adding 629.6 points and Tomar scoring 631.6, culminating in their triumphant performance in the Team competition.
Republic of Korea clinched the silver medal with a score of 1890.1, while the host nation, China, claimed the bronze with a score of 1888.2, narrowly edging out Iran, who finished fourth with a score of 1885.6.
The Indian team's aggregate score of 1893.7 not only earned them gold but also surpassed the previous world record of 1983.3, set by the Chinese team at the ISSF World Cup in Baku earlier this year.
After the first round of 10 shots, the Indian shooters found themselves in second place with a score of 313.7, just behind China's 315.0. Korea began with a score of 311.3, while Japan and Bangladesh posted scores of 313.1 and 313.3, respectively.
The Indian team's performance improved significantly in the following rounds, with scores of 315.9, 313.7, 315.9, 318.7, and 315.8, securing their position at the top of the standings.
Korea's scores of 316.6, 315.0, 317.1, 316.0, and 313.5 resulted in an aggregate score of 1890.1, earning them the silver medal. China, with scores of 313.1, 315.9, 313.7, 314.1, 316.4, and 1888.2 in the second to fifth rounds, clinched the bronze medal.
Rudransh Patil and Aishwary Pratap qualified for the 8-shooter final in the Individual competition, boasting scores of 632.5 and 631.6, placing third and fifth, respectively, in the standings. Meanwhile, Divyansh Singh Panwar, despite scoring 629.6, finished eighth in the qualifying round and missed out on the final, as only two shooters from each country were allowed to compete.
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