Ace Indian shooter Jitu Rai clinched a historic gold in the 50m Pistol event on the opening day of the 17th Asian Games at the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range, in Incheon on Saturday.
Fresh from his 50m Pistol silver in the World Championships, the Lucknow-based shooter completed a grand double as he had won a gold in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow earlier this year.
The shooter, who serves the Gurkha regiment, was on target from the word go after moving into the finals even as compatriot Omkar Singh failed to cross the qualification hurdle.
In the finals though, Rai was tested by Vietnam’s Nguyen Hoang Phuong, who had to settle for silver and bronze medallist Wang Zhiwei of China.
Rai accumulated 186.2 points in comparison to Phuong’s 183.4 and Zhiwei stood a distant third with 165.6 points. This was India’s second medal at the ongoing Games after Shweta Chaudhry’s bronze in the 10m air pistol event. PTI FK PM
Shweta wins bronze in 10m Air Pistol
Shooter Shweta Chaudhry gave India their first medal on the opening day action of the 17th Asian Games after the Faridabad girl clinched bronze in the Women 10m Air Pistol Finals on Saturday.
Shweta looked focused from the start as she sailed through even after her much fancied teammates Heena Sidhu and Malaika Goel failed to make the finals cut.
The World No.146 had a topsy turvy ride in the finals as she led the standings after 3 shots but soon slipped to sixth and then improved to third.
There was a shoot off between Chaudhry and China’s Zhou for the bronze before the Indian came up trumps with a 10.7 hit.
China though stood first on the podium with Zhang Mengyuan bagging gold and Korea’s Jung Jeehae getting the silver.
Meanwhile Chinese women also won gold in the 10m Air Pistol Team event.
On expected line, China lead the the medals tally with 3 gold medals while India stand fifth with a bronze to their credit.