India secured its inaugural gold medal at the ongoing Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, as the men’s shooting team achieved victory in the 10m Air Rifle event on Monday. The gold was won by the trio of Panwar Singh, Rudrankksh Patil, and Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar, who achieved a remarkable total score of 1893.7 and set a new world record.
The silver medal was claimed by South Koreans Sangdo Kim, Taeyun Nam, and Hajun Park, while China’s Linshu Du, Lihao Sheng, and Haonan Yu secured the bronze.
Despite impressive performances from all three Indian marksmen, Divyansh faced deep disappointment for not making it to the finals due to an Asian Games regulation permitting only two marksmen from each country to advance.
Rudrankksh and Aishwary also successfully advanced to the eight-shooter finals in the event, setting their sights on further glory after a strong performance in the qualification round. In the 10m air rifle team event, the combined qualification scores determine the medal winners, whereas the top eight shooters from the preliminary round advance to the finals to compete for individual honors.
Rudrankksh secured the 3rd position upon entering the finals, with Aishwary following closely in fifth place after the qualification round. Divyansh held the eighth spot, a position that would typically secure a place in the finals in events such as World Cups, World Championships, or other continental shooting competitions.
Nevertheless, due to a specific rule, Divyansh was replaced by Kazakhstan’s Islam Satpayev, who ranked ninth but still qualified for the finals. Sheng Lihao from China achieved the highest score in the qualification round with an impressive 634.5, setting a new Asian Games record for qualification. Park Hajun from South Korea secured the second position with a score of 632.8. Rudrankksh followed closely at third with 632.5, and Aishwary stood fifth in the list of qualifiers with a score of 631.6.