Asian Airgun Championship: Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary Shines

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Asian Airgun Championship 2019
File Image Source: Manu Bhaker
Highlights

  • Manu Bhaker won her second gold medal as she topped women’s air pistol with a total of 239.0 in the 12th Asian Airgun Championship.
  • In the men's event, Saurabh Chaudhary scored the highest with 587, while Ravinder won fourth to qualify with 578.
  • Esha Singh won gold medal in the 10m Air pistol Junior event with a final score of 240.1 .

India continues its domination in the 12th Asian Airgun Championships as the two promising Indian young shooters Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker, clinched their second gold medals on Friday in Taoyuan, Taipei.

 

Saurabh Chaudhary won team gold in the Men’s category while Bhaker won in the 10m Air Pistol Women’s event.

With average performances in the last few events, Abhishek Verma managed to clinch a silver medal in the 10m air pistol men.

Teen sensation Esha Singh wins the gold medal in the 10m Air pistol Junior event with a final score of 240.1 at the Asian Airgun Championship.

 

India’s tally now includes five gold, three silver and two bronze, after the Indian women’s pistol team secured a bronze.

Manu and Saurabh had won gold in the Mixed Event too

 

The pair Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker had also won the 10m air pistol mixed team gold two days back, hitting the qualification world record in the process. A total of 784 points were shot by the pair in the qualification round.

They broke the record created by Russians Vitalina Batsarashkina and Artem Chernousov at the European Championships, five years back.

After shooting 575 points out of 600 on Friday, Bhaker qualified in the second place and was later involved in a tough battle against Shing Ho Ching of Hong Kong for most parts of the 24-shot final, prior to finishing stronger in the end stages.

Against Shing, she shot a score of 239 while Shing’s 237.9 could not beat her. Shri Nivetha of India also reached the final finishing sixth.

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How other Indian shooters performed

Indians showed impressive performances in the men’s event with all three making it into the finals. Saurabh Chaudhary scored the highest with 587, while Ravinder won fourth to qualify with 578.

Abhishek was ranked last in Indians among the eight qualifiers, fifth with 577, but was the only one to secure a medal. He shot 240.7 and got defeated by Korea’s Mose Kim by 0.2, thus missing the gold.

Chaudhary fought against a bronze medallist Taehwan Lee of Korea in a shoot-off to earn fourth place with 198.8. On the other hand, Ravinder landed seventh with 136.3. But with a total of 1742 points, the trio picked up the team gold over the Koreans with a clear 12 points lead.

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