Asian Airgun C’ships: Rhythm-Vijayveer, Manu-Samrat add to India’s gold tally as campaign ends

November 19, 2022

Shooting15th Asian Airgun Championship

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India concluded their campaign at 15th Asian Airgun Championship in Daegu, Korea, with a total of 25 gold medals, including the two available on the final day in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team Junior and Senior events. Manu Bhaker and Samrat Rana, Rhythm Sangwan and Vijayveer Sidhu, won those titles respectively.

India won 25 of the 28 events in the competition schedule over eight days, according to the release from National Rifle Association of India.

On Friday, Rhythm Sangwan and Vijayveer Sidhu outshot Kazakhstan’s Valeriy Rakhimzhan and Irina Yunusmetova 17-3 in the Air Pistol Mixed Team final. They had topped the qualification round with a score of 579 with the Kazakhs finishing second with 577, thereby setting up the gold medal clash.

A second Indian pair of Shiva Narwal and Yuvika Tomar also made it to one of the bronze medal matches, finishing fourth in qualifying with a score of 573. They eventually went down 6-16 to a Korean pair to miss out on a medal.

In the Junior Air Pistol Mixed Team, the Indian duo of Manu Bhaker and Samrat Rana shot 578 in qualification to finish second behind Uzbekistan’s Nigina Saidkulova and Mukhammad Kamalov, who shot 579. They turned the tables on the Uzbek duo in the final however with a crushing 17-3 victory.

India’s second pair in the event, Sagar Dangi and Esha Singh also made it to one of the two bronze medal matches, finishing third in qualification with a score of 576. However, they too lost out going down 14-16 in a tight contest against Korea’s Lee Seungjun and Yang Jiin.

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