Rahi Sarnobat bags gold in 25M shooting

Rahi Sarnobat is  the first Indian female shooter to win a gold at the Asian Games. Her achieving the rare feat after a nerve-wracking 25m air pistol finals in Palembang on Wednesday.

Rahi the 27-year-old  kept  her nerve to pip Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon in a heart-stopping contest after both were tied at 34 points following 10 series of five shots each, taking it to a shoot-off. Both found the target four times in the shoot-off, leading to another shoot-off where Rahi shot three and the Thai two, ensuring a historic gold for the Kolhapur-born shooter.

The bronze went to South Korea’s Kim Minjung.

Rahi, the India’s first pistol shooter to win a gold in World Cup back in 2013, had suffered a serious elbow injury last year. Realising that she needed a tweak in her technique, Rahi roped in Munkhbayar Dorjsuren, a two-time world champion and Olympic medalist from Germany.

“I had to change her technique and I also worked on her a lot on the mental aspect of the game. She was already a high-level shooter and needed some tweak in her game. It was a close final but I had prepared her for the shoot-off,” Dorjsuren, who moved to Germany from Mongolia, told PTI.

Rahi was in the lead for the major part of the final and her first 10 shots were on target. She got a five out five even in the sixth series.Rahi is a double gold medallist at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and had a bronze in the 25m pistol pairs event at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.

Indian athletes entered the field in the Asian Games in Indonesia today, Anikta Raina confirmed the third singles medal in women’s tennis for India as she reached the semifinals.

India’s top-ranked women’s singles player, Anikta breezed past Eudice Chong 6-4 6-1 of Hong Kong in their quarterfinal match.

India were leading Hongkong  17-0 in the third quarter when reports last came in. In  Shooting 25m Pistol Women event Manu Bhaker and Rahi Sarnobat qualified for the final event.  India’s men and women’s team will look to book berths in the final of the Kabaddi event later today.

Indian rowers Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh topped the repechage round in the men’s lightweight double sculls with a timing of 7 minutes 12.23 seconds. They qualified for the main A-final, and will now take a shot at winning a medal.

In Men’s Greco-Roman 87 kg event, Harpreet Singh defeated Japan’s Sumi Masato 8-0 to enter semi-finals. In Bridge Mixed Team event, India finished sixth with 6.96 points in Round Robin 1.

In other action today, India finished second in the ranking round with a score of 2085 in Archery Compound Women’s Team event. In  Rowing India qualified for final round of Men’s Lightweight Eight event, Women’s Four event and Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls event.

India is placed 7th in the medals tally with 10 honours, comprising 3 Gold, 3 Silver and 4 Bronze.  China with 65 medals, including 32 Gold tops the medals tally followed by Japan with 51 medals.

In men’s hockey, India defeated Hong Kong 26-Nil to break their 86 year old record of the biggest win margin. The previous best was at the 1932 Olympics when Dhyan Chand’s team beat USA 24-1. India’s top-ranked women’s singles player, Ankita Raina confirmed  the third singles medal in women’s tennis for India as she reached the semifinals breezed past Eudice Chong 6-4 6-1 of Hong Kong in their quarterfinal match.

India’s men and women’s team will look to book berths in the final of the Kabaddi event later today. Indian rowers Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh topped the repechage round in the men’s lightweight double sculls with a timing of 7 minutes 12.23 seconds. They qualified for the main A-final, and will now take a shot at winning a medal.

In Men’s Greco-Roman 87 kg event, Harpreet Singh defeated Japan’s Sumi Masato 8-0 to enter semi-finals. However, Gurpreet Singh lost his bout in the Greco-Roman 77 Kg in the semi-final to Iran’s Mohammad Ali. This means Gurpreet Singh will have a chance to claim a bronze medal through the repechage round.

In Bridge Mixed Team event, India finished sixth with 6.96 points in Round Robin 1. In other action today, India finished second in the ranking round with a score of 2085 in Archery Compound Women’s Team event. In  Rowing India qualified for final round of Men’s Lightweight Eight event, Women’s Four event and Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls event.

In swimming, India have qualified for the Men’s 4X100m Freestyle Relay. In Tennis, Ramkumar Ramanathan lost 6-3, 4-6, 3-6 to Karimov Jurabek in Men’s Singles Round of 16. In Taekwondo Men 80 kg event,Navjeet Maan lost 6-20 against China’s Linglong Chen in the Round of 16.

India is placed 6th in the medals tally with 11 honours, comprising 4 Gold, 3 Silver and 4 Bronze. China with 65 medals, including 32 Gold tops the medals tally followed by Japan with 51 medals

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