Rahi Sarnobat Wins Gold in 25m Pistol Final

The medals keep coming for India at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. Team India took a 524-athlete contingent to the 2018 Asiad and so far, all their medals have been coming from wrestlers and shooters. Earlier today, Rahi Sarnobat won gold in the Women’s 25m Pistol Finals, becoming the first Indian female shooter to win a gold medal at the Asian Games.

On Wednesday, the 27-year old shooter scored a total of 34 to finish first at the women’s 25m Final, beating Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon (silver) and Korea’s Kim Minjung (bronze). Popular Indian shooter Manu Bhaker also participated in the event, finishing sixth and missing out on a medal herself.

This is now India’s second gold medal from shooting, with 16-year old Saurabh Chaudhary winning a gold just yesterday. Shooters Lakshay Sheoran and Deepak Kumar also brought home silver medals in their respective events. Is India currently the best in Asia when it comes to gun sports?

Rahi Sarnobat
Image courtesy: Ashoka News

Sarnobat and Yangpaiboon were initially tied at 34 points in the final, before they went into a shootout to decide a winner. They both hit four out of five shots in the first shootout before the Thailand shooter missed one more than Sarnobat in the second shootout. She is now the sixth Indian to shoot her way to a gold at the Asian Games, after Chaudhary became the fifth yesterday.

Sarnobat completed a historic moment for India at the Jakabaring Sport City (JSC) Shooting Range, after creating history once before, becoming India’s first pistol shooter to win gold in the World Cup, back in 2013. Since then, she had to tweak her technique due to an elbow injury, but she seems to have come back even stronger than before. Go Team India!

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