Saurabh Chaudhary, all of 16, today became only the fifth Indian shooter to claim a gold in the Asian Games history, beating a field of multiple world and Olympic champions in the 10m air pistol finals. Chaudhary, today, competing in his first senior event, showed maturity and calmness well beyond his age to snatch the lead from 2010 World Champion Tomoyuki Matsuda on the penultimate shot in the 24-shot final.
Chaudhary, son of a farmer based in Kalina Village in Meerut, aggregated 240.7. The 42-year-old Matsuda from Japan misfired on the 23rd shot, an 8.9, to settle for silver. He scored 239.7. Chaudhary also set a Games record with his sensational effort. His last two shots were a 10.2 and 10.4, giving him the decisive lead. The Japanese’s last two shots were an 8.9 and 10.3.
Meanwhile, India won 5 medals, one gold, one silver and 3 bronze medals on day three of competitions in 2018 Asian games. Indian women scored another big win in hockey beating Kazakhstan 21-0. Abhishek Verma clinches in a bronze in the same event. Sanjeev Rajput wins silver in the 50m rifle 3 positions event, giving India its third medal in shooting today.
India settles for a bronze after losing to Thailand in the men’s semifinals. However, they win the first ever medal in this sport for the country. Divya Kakran wins bronze in 68kg Freestyle category. Virdhawal Khade betters own national record to qualify for the men’s 50m freestyle category. He, however, misses bronze by 0.01 seeconds to finish fourth.