Asian Games and Youth Olympics champion Saurabh Chaudhary shot a world record score in the finals on Monday only to be eclipsed by North Korean Kim Song Guk by 0.2 points as the Indian teenage champion settled for a silver in the men’s 10m air pistol event at the ongoing 14th Asian Shooting Championship in Qatar on Monday.
Saurabh and fellow Tokyo 2020 quota holder in the event Abhishek Verma, who also reached the finals finishing fifth, had earlier secured the team bronze in partnership with Sharvan Kumar. The troika totaled 1740 in qualifying, to be behind China (gold-1745) and Korea (silver-1744). That did not stop India’s gold hunt though as Shreya Agrawal and Dhanush Srikanth in the 10m Air Rifle mixed team junior competition and Gurnihal Garcha, Abhay Singh Sekhon and Ayush Rudraraju in the Men’s Skeet Junior team section, landed the brightest metal to add to India’s bulging tally in the competition.
Shreya and Dhanush beat their Chinese opponents 16-14 in the gold medal match after coming up through two rounds of qualifying. Gurnihal Garcha also won individual silver with a score of 50 in the finals. Abhay Sekhon who had topped qualification with a solid 120, was the second Indian in the final but finished fourth, narrowly missing out on a medal.
In all, India picked up eight more medals on the day.