New Delhi: India’s first gold medal at the 19th Asian Games was clinched by the men’s 10m air rifle team on Monday. Indians finished on the podium in four other shooting events, bagging the country a gold, a silver and three bronzes on the second day of the games in Hangzhou, China.
The gold-medal winning trio of Rudrankksh Patil, Divyansh Panwar and Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar aggregated a world record score of 1893.7 in the qualification round, to better the 1893.3 set by the Chinese less than a month ago at the World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.
According to news agency PTI, Patil shot 632.5, Tomar 631.6 and Panwar 629.6 to aggregate the world record score. South Korea won the silver with an aggregate of 1890.1 while China won the bronze with a score of 1888.2.
Team India's first gold medal at Hangzhou Asian Games.
Tomar Aishwary Pratap Singh, Panwar Divyansh Singh and Patil Rudrankkash Balasaheb defeated Team Korea (Silver) and Team China (Bronze) to claim the gold in Shooting, 10m air rifle team men event and broke the world record.… pic.twitter.com/sJUfYhchvM
— 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 Official (@19thAGofficial) September 25, 2023
In the men’s 10m air rifle solo competition, Aishwary Tomar defeated compatriot Rudrankksh Patil to win the bronze.
The women’s team won two medals, silver in the 10m air rifle event and bronze in the 25m rapid fire pistol event. Nineteen-year-old Ramita won bronze in the women’s 10m air rifle event. She was also a part of the silver medal winning team in the same event.
As of 11:30 am (IST) on Monday, India has 10 medals in the games – one gold, three silver and six bronze.