India opened its account in the 18th Asian Games with a bronze medal after Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar cracked under pressure to finish third in the rifle mixed team shooting event in Jakarta today. The Indians aggregated 429.9 after 42 shots in the 48-shot final and were in second spot for major part of the 48-shot finals before China overtook them to take the silver.
It was a maiden Asian Games medal for Chandela, who will be aiming for a better colour medal in the 10m air rifle. Chandela is also a multiple time World Cup winner and had bagged gold at 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
World Cup bronze medallist Kumar, who is mentored by the great Abhinav Bindra, had won a men’s 10m rifle team bronze at last the edition at Incheon. Chandela, having won the first Games medal for the country, was satisfied with her performance.
Meanwhile, Bajrang Punia remains India’s biggest medal hope in wrestling after he reached the 65kg finals, winning all three of his bouts by technical superiority. Sushil Kumar suffered a shock defeat in his first bout against Bahrain’s Adam Batirov as there was no swiftness in the veteran’s movement and now, his fortunes hinge on the progress of Batirov.