Malaika Goel clinched the air pistol gold 0.3 point ahead of Haniyeh Rostamiyan of Iran in the women’s youth section in the sixth Asian Air Gun Championship in Tehran, Iran. Malaika had topped the qualifiers with 381 points and led for the most part in the final before the Iranian caught up on the last six shots for a dramatic finish. With Yashaswini and Gauri, Malaika ensured the team gold for India, ahead of China.

In youth women’s air rifle, Prachi Gadkari missed a better medal in a shoot-off with Najmeh Khedmati of Iran after the two had tied on 184.9, and settled for the bronze. Mampi Das qualified in the fourth place, and slipped to fifth.

In men’s 50-metre rifle 3-position event, Olympian Sanjeev Rajput qualified in the third place with a total of 1172, but eventually finished fifth.

Meanwhile, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), stated that it was a successful outing for the 65-member Indian squad as it bagged 38 medals with nine gold and 12 silver.

The results: Men: Free rifle 3-position: 1. Yuriy Yurkov (Kaz) 454.9 (1158); 2. Hongwei Kang (Chn) 454.8 (1177); 3. Cao Yifei (Chn) 445.0 (1180); 5. Sanjeev Rajput 421.0 (1172); 10. Surendra Singh Rathod 1153; 14. Satyendra Singh 1147. Team: 1. China 3529 (WR); 2. India 3472; 3. Kazakhstan 3464.

Air rifle: Junior men: 1. Mohammad Reza Sameh (Iri) 204.6 (617.1); 2. Amir Hossein Golpasand (Iri) 203.7 (625.7); 3. Pan Junhui (Chn) 183.7 (624.5); 8. Tejas Karle 78.5 (610.2); 9. Akhil Sheoran 607.9; 11. Chandra Dev Rathore 606.3. Team: 1. Iran 1860.1; 2. China 1858.1; 3. India 1824.4.

Youth: 1. Mahyar Sedaghat (Iri) 205.2 (614.4); 2. Pongsaton Panyatong (Tha) 204.2 (612.8); 3. Wang Ce (Chn) 183.8 (622.8); 6. Pratik Borse 120.4 (613.3); 12. Virbhadra Salokhe 607.0; 13. Gajendra Rai 602.2. Team: 1. China 1850.4; 2. Thailand 1831.1; 3. Iran 1826.0; 4. India 1822.5.

Free rifle prone: Junior men: 1. Mohammad Hossein Karimi (Iri) 207.1 (613.9); 2. Zhao Zhonghao (Chn) 205.7 (620.2); 3. Pan Junhui (Chn) 182.6 (619.0); 5. Aman Walia 142.2 (605.0); 9. Navdeep Singh Rathore 604.2; 10. Subhankar Pramanick 603.8. Team: 1. China 1841.8; 2. Iran 1823.2; 3. Kuwait 1817.3; 4. India 1813.0.

Women: Air rifle: Youth: 1. Peng Xinyi (Chn) 206.2 (413.4); 2. Najmeh Khedmati (Iri) 205.8 (412.9); 3. Prachi Gadkari 184.9 (408.2); 5. Mampi Das 143.6 (412.0); 13. Trisha Mukherjee 402.1. Team: 1. China 1236.8; 2. India 1222.3; 3. Iran 1218.7.

Air pistol: 1. Ji Xiaojing (Chn) 201.2 (377); 2. Zhou Qingyuan (Chn) 198.2 (382); 3. Su Yuling (Chn) 176.4 (384); 6. Annu Raj Singh 113.9 (378); 9. Harveen Srao 373; 13. Shweta Chaudhary 369.

Youth: 1. Malaika Goel 197.7 (381); 2. Haniyeh Rostamiyan (Iri) 197.4 (375); 3. Chen Yan (Chn) 176.7 (370) 4. Yashaswini 154.7 (370); 9. Gauri 366. Team: 1. India 1117; 2. China 1107; 3. Iran 1094.

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