Asian Games 2023: India Shatter World Record, Clinch Gold Medal In Men's 10m Air Rifle Team Event
Team India clinched gold medal in 10m Air Rifle event with World Record effort, beating South Korea and China in the process.
The Indian men's 10m air rifle team created history on Monday as the trio of world champion Rudrankksh Patil, Olympian Divyansh Panwar and Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar clinched the Gold medal in the Men's 10m Air Rifle event. In the process, the trio broke the world record in a team event, aggregating a total score of 1893.7 in the qualification round. Rudrankksh shot 632.5, Tomar 631.6 and Panwar 629.6 to aggregate the world record score. Rudrankksh and Aishwary qualified for the Men's Individual 10m Air Rifle final in the process. (Asian Games Medals Tally)
The earlier world record of 1893.3 was set by the Chinese set less than a month back at the World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The silver medal was bagged by South Korea, with a total of 1890.1 points. China fell way behind to secure the bronze with 1888.2 points. This is India's first gold in the Asian Games Hangzhou.
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India so far has won seven medals at the ongoing Asian Games, consisting of one gold, three silver, and three bronze.
Later, shooter Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar secured a bronze medal in the men's 10 m air rifle individual final. He ended in third position with a total of 228.8 points. The gold medal went to Lihao Sheng of China (253.3 points) while the silver medal was secured by South Korea's Hajun Park (251.3 points).
Interestingly, Aishwary beat his compatriot Rudrranksh Patil in the shoot-off for bronze. The latter finished with 208.7 points at the fourth spot. However, the two would be disappointed to have not managed to secure better positions in the final tally, having guided India to 'record-breaking' gold medal before.
This was India's fourth medal in shooting at Hangzhou.
With ANI inputs