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Updated January 8th, 2024 at 15:42 IST

Varun Tomar seals India's 14th Olympic quota place with 10m air pistol gold at Asian Qualifiers

Rising shooter Varun Tomar won the gold medal in the men's 10m Air Pistol event at the Asian Qualifiers here on Monday, guaranteeing India's 14th Olympic quota spot. On the first day of the continental event, India started their account with three medals, including a gold team medal.

Varun Tomar
Varun Tomar | Image: X/@Media_SAI
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Rising shooter Varun Tomar on Monday secured India's 14th Olympic quota place with a gold medal in the men's 10m Air Pistol event of the Asian Qualifiers here.

India opened their account with three medals, including a team gold, at the continental event's opening day.

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The 20-year-old Tomar shot 239.6 in the final to claim the top position, while Arjun Cheema won the silver medal with a score of 237.3. Mongolia's Davaakhuu Enkhtaivan (217.2) won the bronze medal.

Earlier, Tomar (586), Arjun (579) and Ujjawal Malik (575) shot a total of 1740 to win the 10m air pistol team gold, while Iran and Korea claimed the silver and bronze medals respectively.

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Tomar, a former junior world champion, is the cousin of Tokyo Olympian Saurabh Chaudhary, who won a gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games.

A total of 16 quota places for the Paris Olympics are available at the continental showpiece here.

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The 10m air pistol events for men and women have four quotas on offer with a maximum of three for the Indian shooters.

Esha Singh, Rhythm Sangwan and Surbhi Rao will shoulder Indian hopes in the women's 10m air pistol event, where India have still to win a Paris quota.

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As many as 385 athletes from 26 countries will take aim at the Senayan Shooting Range in Jakarta for 256 medals (84 gold, 84 silver and 88 bronze medals), besides the Paris quotas.

Ahead of this tournament, India had won 13 Olympic quota places in shooting across rifle, pistol and shotgun disciplines.

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While all available quota places in rifle have been secured, a total of three quotas have been won in pistol so far. 

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Published January 8th, 2024 at 15:42 IST

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