India’s Men’s Swapnil Kusale and Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar set new Asian and Asian Games records in the Qualifying Section as they helped the country claim gold medals in the Men’s 50m Rifle 3-Positions event at the Asian Games shooting competitions, here on Friday.
Kusale shot a score of 591 with 33 hits into the inner 10 region while Tomar also had the same score but had 27 shots in the inner 10 region as they shared the record.
The Indian team which had Akhil Sheoran too was in great form as he compiled a score of 587 and finished 5th in the qualifying stage but could not make it to the final because the rules permit only two participants from a country in the final.
But Sheoran still won a medal as the Indian team combined to top the table and won the gold medal in the Team competition.
Thanks to the brilliant effort by Kusale, Tomar and Sheoran, India had a combined total of 1769 in the Team competition as they placed ahead of China 1763 to win the gold medal. The Republic of Korea won the bronze medal in the Men’s 50m Rifle 3-positions Team event with a score of 1748.
Kusale and Tomar were in with a chance to win another medal as they qualified for the final in the individual event, and placed first and second in the standings at the end of the qualification round.
In this difficult shooting event in which a participant’s abilities are tested while shooting in kneeling, prone and standing positions, Tomar shot 99 and 100 in kneeling, 98 and 99 in prone and 98 and 97 in standing. Kusale had scores of 98 and 98 in kneeling, 100 and 99 in prone and 99 and 97 in standing. Sheoran had 95, 99 in kneeling, 95, 99 in prone and 98, 99 in standing position as they shot a combined total of 1769.
Palak clinch gold, Esha Singh bags silver in women’s 10m Air Pistol
Indian shooters Palak and Esha Singh won the gold and silver medals, respectively, in the women’s 10m air pistol individual event at the 19th Asian Games, here on Friday. The 17-year-old Palak set a new Asian Games record winning score of 241.2, while Esha, who is 18 years old, achieved a score of 239.7.
Earlier in the day, the pair was part of the women’s 10m air pistol team that secured a silver medal.
This was Esha’s fourth medal at the continental event as she claimed a silver medal in the women’s individual 25m pistol event. Additionally, she joined forces with Manu Bhaker and Rhythm Sangwan to clinch the gold medal in the women’s 25m pistol team event.
Aishwary Tomar wins silver in 50m Rifle 3 Positions individual event
Aishwary Pratap Singh won silver, while Swapnil Suresh Kusale finished fourth in the men’s 50m rifle 3-Positions individual event at the 19th Asian Games 2023, here on Friday.
Aishwary displayed an impressive comeback, moving up from fifth place to secure the silver medal with a score of 459.7.
Swapnil was leading with 310.8 points after the kneeling and prone shots. Meanwhile, Aishwary was fifth with 306.4 points.
In the standing position, Swapnil continued to be on top before falling down to fifth after a terrible 7.6 shot, missing out on a medal with a fourth-place finish (438.9 points).
Earlier today, Swapnil and Aishwary, alongside Akhil Sheoran, clinched the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions team shooting gold medal with a world record score at the Asian Games 2023.
Aishwary’s silver medal helped India achieve its highest-ever tally of 18 medals in shooting.
Kiran makes history in Athletics, claims bronze in shot put after 72 years
Kiran Baliyan creates history as she became first Indian to bring home a medal in Athletics, at Asian Games 2023, winning a bronze in women’s shot put at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium, here on Friday. A first medal in this event for India after 72 years, since 1951.
Her third attempt which is now her Career’s second-best throw, landed 17.36m away from the throwing mark, won her third place and also her maiden senior international medal.
Not many Indian female athlete has won a medal in the women’s shot put though the men have dominated the event with Tejinderpal Singh Toor winning the gold in 2018 in Jakarta.
Barbara Webster was the last Indian to win the bronze medal, and it was way back in 1951.
On Friday, Kiran Baliyan threw the iron ball to a distance of 17.36m to finish third behind China’s Lijiao Gong, who won gold in 19.58m while fellow Chinese Jiayuan took the silver medal in 18.92m.
Indian women’s squash team take home bronze
Indian women’s squash team, consisting Joshana Chinappa, Tanvi Khanna and Anahat Singh settled for a bronze medal after suffering a 1-2 loss against Hong Kong in the semifinal at the 19th Asian Games, here on Friday.
While Tanvi lost the opening match 0-3 ( 6-11, 7-11, 3-11) to Chan Sin Yuk, Joshana won a five-game thriller 3-2 (7-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8) against Ho Tze Lok to level the scores.
Then, the 15-year-old Anahat showcased her mettle in the final match and almost completed any epic comeback in the third game against Lee Ka Yi won, but it wasn’t proved to be enough as she went down 0-3 (8-11, 7-11, 10-12) after saving six match points. Meanwhile, men’s team will play Malaysia in the semifinal later in the day.
Ramkumar-Myneni pair takes silver in men’s doubles
Ramkumar Ramanathan and Saketh Myneni settled for the men’s doubles silver medal at the Asian Games after being edged by Hsu Yu-Hsiou and Jason Jung from Chinese Taipei in straight sets in the final, here on Friday.
The Taipei team was unseeded but both Hsu (182) and Jung (231) were better-ranked singles players and it showed in their ground strokes and the way they went about their business in a 6-4 6-4 victory against the second-seeded Indians in the title clash.
It is Ramkumar’s first Asian Games medal and third for Myneni, who had won a men’s doubles silver with Sanam Singh and a gold with Sania Mirza in the mixed doubles in the 2014 Incheon edition.
This is also the first tennis medal from this edition. In Indonesia in 2018, India had won three medals but they will return with only two from Hangzhou.
Rohan Bopanna and Rutuja Bhosale are assured of a medal after reaching the mixed doubles semifinals while the country’s players have been ousted from other events.
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