Asian Games: Sarabjot Singh-Divya TS win silver after thrilling 10m air pistol mixed team final



Divya TS and Sarabjot Singh clinched silver in the 10m air pistol mixed team final against China to take India’s shooting tally to 19 medals at the ongoing Hangzhou Asian Games on Saturday.

The Indians, who qualified for the gold medal match at the top of the table earlier today, led through the final before Jiang Ranxin and Zhang Boen came back to win 16-14.

It all came down to the tenth in the deciding series. In a mixed team final, four shooters each take one shot and the team with the highest combined score in each round scores 2 points.

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India opened the final with a comfortable 4-0 lead, winning the first two series and China got their first point with a tied third series and then took the fourth as cheers rang out in bounds.

India were in a tight 7-3 position when both Chinese shooters fired in the 9th and their coach called for a timeout. The break of momentum worked as the Indians shot in the 9’s and China then tied the final 7-7 to keep the Indians under pressure.

Divya responded with a terrific 10.8 as they continued in the same vein, extending their lead to 11-7 in the next two series. But China took the next series by as narrow as 0.1 point on 10.7 from Zhang and then tied it again at 11-11.

At this point Indian coach Munkhbayer Dorjasuren called a timeout and spoke to both shooters. It didn’t lead by much though, as India lost the lead in the final for the first time as China won the next series by 0.2 points.

The next series was crucial and India now sealed it with a tenth in their favor – just 0.1 points – to bring back parity at 13-13. The drama intensified as the next series was tied. It was 14-14 and whoever won the next series would get the gold.

And finally China got there.



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