India’s Deepak Kumar claimed silver in men’s 10m Air Rifle event, pipping fancied team mate Ravi Kumar at the 2018 Asian Games on Monday. He produced incredible scores at critical junctures and finished second to China’s Haoran Yang, who successfully defended his title.
Deepak’s score in the end was 247.7 while Yang shot a Games record 249.1. at the JSC Shooting Range in Palembang. Chinese Taipei’s Shaochuan Lu shot 226.8 to bag bronze. Ravi Kumar ended fourth with 205.2.
Deepak beat Lu by a near-perfect 10.9 by Deepak in a third-place shoot-off. He then shot a 10.8 to get the better of Ravi Kumar, who had won bronze in the Mixed 10m Air Rifle event with Apurvi Chandela
Chinese Taipei’s Shaochuan Lu (226.8) bagged the bronze after being beaten by a near-perfect score of 10.9 by Deepak in the third-place shoot-off.
This is India’s third medal at the ongoing Games and second in shooting.
“I was trailing also in the qualification. I just thought about his words. He often says ‘you have the potential and you know your limits’. Starting was not good, the middle was worse. So I just tried to stay calm,” the 30-year-old told PTI.
Asked how he felt beating his friend and Air Force roommate Ravi, he had a philosophical take: “We don’t think on those lines when you are shooting. We are close friends and spend a lot of time together. But it is an individual sport.”
Deepak broke into the Indian team only last year, having picked up shooting back in 2004. However, Deepak sees this medal only as the beginning.
“Everyone keeps thinking about what they will get. I believe in spreading whatever I have learnt from my days in Gurukul. You eventually get your due. There is not point feeling sad about anything. Life is short,” said the spiritual shooter.
Deepak’s parents sent him to Gurukul Academeny in Dehradun for his schooling. He is a Sanskrit expert and tries to spread all values he has learnt at Gurukul.
“I am what I am because of Gurukul. It has taught me the true values of life. My parents sent me away from Delhi because they did not want me to study in a city environment,” he added.
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