Vastavam web: India started with a bang at the 10th Asian Airgun Shooting Championships, collecting five medals on the event’s opening day but Olympic bronze-medallist Gagan Narang missed out on an individual podium finish in Wako City, Japan.Ravi Kumar won an individual bronze in the men’s 10m air rifle while Arjun Babuta won individual an silver in the corresponding junior men’s event. India also bagged three team silver medals in each of the three air rifle events.Deepak Kumar led the Indian charge into the finals of the Men’s 10m air rifle, shooting 627.5 after the regulation 60 shots, to qualify fourth out of eight finalists.
Ravi Kumar, with 624.6 finished sixth, while former Olympic-Bronze medalist Gagan Narang, making a return into the event after a break, shot 624.5 to qualify in seventh place.The top three slots went to the Chinese with Cao Yifei recording the highest score of 629.2.Song ended with 250.2 to win gold, Cao with 248.6 for silver and Ravi, after making three international ISSF finals in the year without a medal, finally secured one finishing with 225.7 for Bronze.Narang was consistent throughout the final and finished fourth with 205.6. The trio also combined for the team silver medal with a total of 1876.6, ahead of Japan (1866.7) and behind China (1885.9)
Arjun Babuta, an ISSF junior world cup bronze-medallist last year, also had an excellent day in the junior men’s 10m air rifle event. He shot consistently to win a silver behind rising Chinese star Yukun Liu, a reigning junior world champion and a winner of two ISSF World Cup stage medals this year in the senior category.Anjum shot 207.6 in the final, while Meghana Sajjanar finished sixth shooting 163.4. Both won the Team Silver in the event along with Pooja, logging a combined total of 1247 to finish behind China.