Source: HT News Service
Published on: October 3, 2023


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Seventeen-year-old Palak Gulia Secures India’s Third Individual Gold in Shooting with a Victory in Women’s 10m Air Pistol, Accompanied by Esha Singh’s Silver

India’s dream run in shooting continued

India’s dream run in shooting continued at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, with two gold and one silver medal finishes on Day 6. Leading the way were Swapnil Kusale, Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar, Akhil Sheoran, who won gold in men’s 50m rife 3 position team event with a world record cumulative total of 1769. Shortly after, 17-year-old Palak Gulia bagged India’s third individual gold in shooting, triumphing in the women’s 10m air pistol, followed by Esha Singh at second with a silver. This was after the two shooters, along with Divya TS, had combined to land a silver in the team event.

Swapnil, Aishwary and Akhil dominated with a world record cumulative total of 1769. China finished second with 1763 to get the silver medal while Korea got bronze with 1748. So ruthless was India’s team performance that their gold medal was confirmed even before their third shooter completed his final round in the standing position.

Aishwary and Swapnil smashed the qualification round

Aishwary (591) and Swapnil (591) also smashed the qualification round Games records to finish in the top two and advance to the final of the individual event. Swapnil got the top spot because of more inner 10s (closer to the inner circle). The team medals are given after cumulative scores in the individual qualification rounds. Akhil, the third shooter in the Indian team, missed out on qualification for the individual finals despite finishing 5th as only the top two from each team (who finish in top 8) are allowed to go through. Akhil got a total score of 587. The final of the individual event will take place at 11:30 am IST.

More medals in Women’s 10m Air Pistol Team

The trio of Esha (579), Palak (577) and Divya TS (575) aggregated 1731 points for their silver medal, while China took the gold with a total of 1736, which is an Asian Games record. Chinese Taipei finished with a bronze, totalling 1723. Divya missed the cut, finishing 10th, but Esha and Palak made it to the eight-shooter final, placed fifth and seventh after the qualification round. Once through the two young shooters, both showcased an incredible display of shooting. Palak shot 242.1 to take the Games record, Esha was a close second with 239.7.

Esha had also claimed a silver medal in the women’s individual 25m pistol event on Wednesday, while the trio of Manu Bhaker, Esha and Rhythm Sangwan had fired in tandem to shoot the gold medal in the women’s 25m pistol team event on the same day.

India has so far amassed 17 medals at the shooting range, of which six are gold. The medal tally could only increase after another individual event later in the day.

Disclaimer: Except for the headline and synopsis, this story has been taken from the HT News Service