India soared to great heights in the Hangzhou Asian Games, achieving remarkable success. The Indian team clinched Gold in the women’s 25m Pistol Team event and a Silver in the women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions Team event. The trio of Manu Bhaker, Esha Singh, and Rhythm Sangwan delivered an outstanding performance, hitting the bullseye and clinching the gold with an impressive total score of 1759 at the Asian Games 2023. In a closely contested match, they narrowly surpassed the runners-up, China, who scored 1756 points. The Republic of Korea secured the bronze with a total score of 1742.
In the qualification round, Manu Bhaker displayed exceptional performance, securing the top position with an impressive score of 590. Meanwhile, her teammates, Esha Singh and Rhythm Sangwan, showcased their prowess by finishing in formidable positions—Singh in fifth place with a score of 586 and Sangwan in seventh with a score of 583. However, due to the rule allowing only two shooters per country in the final, Sangwan narrowly missed the opportunity, and Singh stepped in to compete.
This event signifies a significant moment of redemption for 21-year-old Manu Bhaker. In the 2018 Asian Games, she achieved a game record score of 593 in the qualification round of the 25m Air pistol event but missed out on a medal, finishing 6th in the final. Manu has consistently proven herself to be one of India’s premier marksmen, garnering acclaim and accolades in major events such as the 2018 Youth Olympics and the 2019 ISSF World Cup, where she secured gold for India.
Her teammates, 18-year-old Esha Singh and 20-year-old Rhythm Sangwan, have also demonstrated their excellence. Both were instrumental in India’s victory in the 25m Pistol event at the Cairo World Cup in 2022. The final event for Bhaker and Singh is scheduled to commence at approximately 12 PM IST today.
The day’s accolades began with the Indian trio of Sift Kaur Samra, Ashi Chouksey, and Manini Kaushik securing the silver medal in the women’s 50m 3 Positions team event, amassing a total score of 1764.