Indian shooting team continued to bag medals at the Hangzhou Asian Games by adding two more on Friday morning. The men’s 50m rifle 3 position team of Aishwari Pratap Singh Tomar, Swapnil Kusle and Akhil Sheoran bagged a superb gold medal, beating hosts China with a world record score of 1769, even before their third shooter finished his qualification.
The women’s 10m air pistol team of Esha Singh, Palak Gulia and Divya TS won silver, trailing China by 5 points, having to make a comeback after a slow start. This is India’s all-time best shooting medal tally (15 medals including 5 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze), up from the 2006 edition (3 gold, 5 silver, 6 bronze) with 14 medals.
India can add to the medal tally with two shooters in both the finals. Swapnil and Aishwari qualified for the men’s 50m rifle 3p final with a brilliant 1-2 finish, with a new Asian Games and Asian record score of 591. Swapnil was the first due to a greater number of internal 10 (33 to 27). Akhil also finished in the top 8, fifth place with a score of 587. However, he had to drop out due to the rule of having only two shooters per country in the final.
The men’s 50m rifle 3p final will be held at 11.30am. In women’s 10m air pistol, Esha and Palak also qualified for the individual finals. Esha was fifth with a score of 579 and Palak was seventh with a score of 577. Women’s 10m Air Pistol will be at 9am. Esha and Aishwari have already won individual medals in Hangzhou – a silver in women’s 25m pistol and a bronze in men’s 10m air rifle.