The Indian duo of Sarabjot Singh and Divya Thadigol put up a valiant effort but were forced to settle for silver in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed team final on Saturday, September 30.
China’s Bowen Zhang and Ranxin Jiang won the gold medal, eventually, after staging a remarkable comeback after trailing India in the early goings of the contest. The Indian duo had taken a four-point lead before the Chinese pair decided to take time out.
This would change the complexion of the game and China would take the lead in serie 12. The match went to the final round where Sarbajot’s shot fell off the mark compared to others and China secured the win.
In the 2023 Asian Games held in Hangzhou, China, India’s shooting contingent made a remarkable comeback after a disappointing performance at the Tokyo Olympics. The team secured a total of 19 medals, including six golds, eight silvers, and five bronzes, marking their best performance to date and surpassing their previous record set at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha.
Among the standout performers were Palak Gulia and Esha Singh, both teenagers who showcased exceptional talent. Seventeen-year-old Palak Gulia secured a gold medal in the 10m air pistol women’s individual final, breaking the Asian Games record with a score of 242.1. Eighteen-year-old Esha Singh followed closely behind, securing a silver medal with a score of 239.7.
Other notable performances came from Sarabjot Singh, Arjun Singh Cheema, and Shiva Narwal, who displayed exceptional marksmanship to edge out the Chinese team and secure gold in the men’s 10m air pistol team event. Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar, a former world champion, and Youth Olympic Games medallists Manu Bhaker and Mehuli Ghosh also contributed significantly to India’s medal tally.
The Indian shooting contingent’s performance was not limited to individual events. The team events also saw India bagging several medals, including a gold in the men’s 50m air rifle 3P team event and a silver in the 10m air pistol women’s team event.