Shreya Agrawal, Yash Vardhan win gold for India in Asian Airgun Championship

Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi: Shreya Agrawal and Yash Vardhan surprised compatriot Mehuli Ghosh and Keval Prajapati in an all India final to win the 10m Air Rifle junior mixed team gold in 12th Asian Airgun Championships in Taoyuan, (Taipei) on Thursday.,

As per the information, after two gold medals on the opening day, Indian shooters picked up three more including a more gold medal on day two, to stay on top of the standings.

In the 10m Air Rifle junior event , two Indian teams made it to the final round. Mehuli Ghosh and Keval Prajapati topped qualification with a score of 838.5, while Shreya Agrawal and Yash Vardhan qualified in second position with 831.2.

Shreya and Yash turned the tables on their mates in the final however, piping them at the finish by a margin of 0.4 points.

Mehuli and Keval led throughout the final and going into the final six shots had opened by a gap of 1.6 over Shreya and Yash. The golden pair overturned the deficit finishing with 497.3 to Mehuli and Keval’s 496.9. Korea won Bronze in the event.

Earlier Ravi Kumar and Elavenil Valarivan won India’s first silver of the championships in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team..

Ravi and Elavenil topped the qualification rounds with a score of 837.1 but were beaten in the five-team final by the Korean pair of Park Sunmin and Shin Minki who won gold with a score of 499.6 to the Indians’ 498.4. Chinese Taipei won Bronze.

A second Indian team consisting of Deepak Kumar and Apurvi Chandela finished fourth.

With five medals in the kitty now, India will look forward to day three of the championships which has the Men’s and Women’s 10m Air Pistol events lined up.

On Wednesday, besides Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker’s gold in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team, Vijayveer Sidhu and Esha Singh of India also won gold in the junior event for a double gold start for India.

HSB

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