Asian Games champion Saurabh Chaudhary had to be content with a silver in the 10m Air Pistol competition at the 14th Asian Shooting Championship in Qatar as his finals world record score was erased by gold-winning North Korean Kim Song Guk by 0.2 points.
Kim finished with 246.5 after the 24-shot final, a full two points ahead of the Indian who is also Youth Olympic Games champion.
Saurabh and fellow Tokyo 2020 quota holder in the event Abhishek Verma, finished fifth.They secured the team bronze in partnership with Sharvan Kumar. The troika totaled 1740 in qualifying, to be behind China (gold-1745) and Korea (silver-1744).
That did not stop India’s gold hunt, though, as Shreya Agrawal and Dhanush Srikanth in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team junior competition and Gurnihal Garcha, Abhay Singh Sekhon and Ayush Rudraraju in the Skeet Junior team section, landed the brightest metal to add to India’s tally in the competition.
Shreya and Dhanush beat their Chinese opponents 16-14 in the gold medal match after coming up through two rounds of qualifying.
Gurnihal Garcha also won individual silver with a score of 50 in the finals. Abhay Sekhon who had topped qualification with a solid 120, was the second Indian in the final but finished fourth, narrowly missing out on a medal.
In all, India picked up eight more medals on the day.
Women’s Skeet Junior- Dhaliwal Parinaaz (placed 6thin final; qualifying score 107), Areeba Khan (5thin final; score 104) and Karttiki Singh Shaktawat (7th with 98) won silver with a total of 309. China won the gold
Men’s 10m Air Pistol Junior- Sarabjot Singh (7thin final; score 568), Akash (5thin final; qualification score 568) Yuvraj Singh (8th score 568) combined for a team bronze
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