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Asian Airgun championship: Manu shoots another gold

Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Manu Bhaker won her second gold medal, topping the air pistol event with a total of 239.0 in the 12th Asian airgun championship here on Friday.

After qualifying in second place with a total of 575, Manu beat Ho Ching Shing of Hong by 1.1 point for the gold. Shri Nivetha finished sixth and with Anuradha slipping to a below-par 556, the Indian trio finished third as a team, behind Korea and Chinese Taipei.

In men’s air pistol, Abhishek Verma was beaten by 0.2 point to the gold by Korea’s Kim Mose, while the Asian Games and World Cup gold medallist Saurabh Chaudhary lost a shoot-off and placed fourth, after having topped qualification with 587.

A penultimate shot of 10.7 saw Abhishek, the Asian Games bronze medallist, bridge the gap to 0.3 against the Korean, but a 9.3 on the last shot proved inadequate. Ravinder Singh also made the final with 578, and thus the Indian trio won the team gold, 12 points ahead of Korea.

The results: 10m air pistol: Men: 1. Kim Mose (Kor) 240.9 (583), 2. Abhishek Verma 240.7 (577), 3. Lee Taehwan (Kor) 218.1 (579); 4. Saurabh Chaudhary 198.8 (587); 7. Ravinder Singh 136.3 (578). Team: 1. India 1742, 2. Korea 1730, 3. Chinese Taipei 1705.

Women: 1. Manu Bhaker 239.0 (575), 2. Ho Ching Shing (HK) 237.9 (572), 3. Wafa Alali (UAE) 216.8 (571); 6. P. Shri Nivetha 155.6 (571); 11. Anuradha 556. Team: 1. Korea 1707, 2. Chinese Taipei 1706, 3. India 1702. 

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