Rahi Sarnobat, who won bronze in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, produced an incredible show to grab the fourth gold medal for India in women’s 25m pistol final at Asian Games 2018. She also became the first Indian female shooter to win a gold medal in Asian Games.
A veteran of the sport, the 27-year old, Rahi made a clear lead initially after scoring two perfect rounds of 5 shots. She got a tough fight by Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon during the last 2 rounds and both the shooters were tied at 34 points in the end. But in the shoot-off, experienced Rahi Sarnobat showed nerves of steel in the shoot-off to clinch the first Gold medal for India on the day in the Womens’s 25m pistol final.
In the Commonwealth Games, she has won three medals till date – gold (2010, 2014) and silver (2010 – 25m Pistol).
However, it was disappointment for Commonwealth Games Champion, Manu Bhaker, who confirmed her spot in the 25m Pistol final with a Games record score of 593 by leading the charts.
She shot 297 in Precision and 296 in Rapid to display her brilliant run of form. Bhaker and Abhishek Verma were not quite impressive in the 10m air pistol mixed team event, but the youngster made a brilliant comeback on Wednesday to fall one point short of the world record.
But she failed to carry the momentum of qualifications into the finals and crashed out on 6th place with the total score of 16 points.
There was disappointment for Anjum Moudgil too, who failed to qualify for the finals with a whisker of 50m Rifle 3 Positions Women.
She scored a total of 1159 points and missed the 8th position with just one point as Singapore’s Lindsay qualify with a score of 1160 points and in addition to that Anjum’s inner 10’s were more than the Singaporean shooter.