Asian Games: Indian shooter Sift Kaur Samra wins gold with world record

Sift Kaur Samra
Sift Kaur Samra celebrates her triumph. Photo: PTI/Shailendra Bhojak

Hangzhou: Indian markswoman Sift Kaur Samra produced some exquisite shooting to claim the gold medal in the individual 50m rifle 3 position event while Ashi Chouksey settled for the bronze at the Asian Games here on Wednesday.

Samra shot a world and Games record score of 469.6 to claim the yellow mettle while Chouksey managed 451.9 to bag the third position in the eight-women final.

Host nation China's Qiongyue Zhang crashed what could have been an India one-two by winning the silver with a score of 462.3.

Before her triumph in the final, Samra broke the Asian Games record in qualification with a total score of 594 (out of 600) along with China's Xia Siyu, who finished on top by virtue of higher inner 10 scores (closer to the centre of the target.)

Chouksey had a total of 590 and qualified in sixth position. Manini Kaushik, meanwhile, finished 18th with a score of 580.

Sift Kaur Samra & Ashi Chouksey
Sift Kaur Samra with bronze medal winner and compatriot Ashi Chouksey. Photo: PTI/Shailendra Bhojak

The trio claimed the silver medal in the women's 50m rifle 3 position event with a total score of 1764 in the qualification. 

Bronze for Indian men

The Indian team of Angad Vir Singh Bajwa, Gurjoat Khangura and Anant Jeet Singh Naruka bagged the team bronze medal in the men's skeet event.

The trio shot a total of 355 to settle for the third position as India continued their dominance at the range.

Hosts China won the gold medal while Qatar claimed the silver.

The Indian women's team, however, crashed out of the shotgun skeet event by finishing in the fourth position behind Kazakhstan, China and Thailand.

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