China win gold and silver at shooting range on Games' first day

Ji, 30, and Wu, 21, saw off Korea in the final, adding the Asian Games title to their cabinet after setting a new world record of 487.7 in April at the World Cup in Changwon, Korea.

Manu Bhaker and Abhisek Verma ended up bowing out in sixth place.   -  PTI

China's champion duo Ji Xiaojing and Wu Jiayu won the gold medal in the 10m mixed air pistol at the Asian Games on Sunday, while India's teenage shooting sensation made a disappointing early exit.

Ji, 30, and Wu, 21, saw off Korea in the final, adding the Asian Games title to their cabinet after setting a new world record of 487.7 in April at the World Cup in Changwon, Korea.

The pair - world number four and six respectively - scored 473.2 on Sunday, short of their best but enough to edge Koreans Kim Minjung and Lee Daemyung into second place with Vietnam bagging bronze.

India's gold hopefuls Manu Bhaker, 16, and Abhisek Verma, 28, ended up bowing out in sixth place, missing out on a place in the finals.

China's victory will help offset their earlier result in the 10m mixed air rifle event, in which the country narrowly lost to rivals Taiwan to take silver against teenager Lin Yingshin and her teammate Lu Shaochuan.

World number nine Lu Shaochuan said that the win came as a total surprise following an under-par display in the qualifying round.

“It's unbelievable,” he said. “I wanted to give up but I cheered up again once I reached the final...I'm very happy.”

Both finals were packed out on the first day of the tournament in the co-host city of Palembang, with competitors having to block out the blaring pop music and cheers and cries from excited onlookers.

China is the dominant force at the Asian Games after topping the medal table in every edition of the Regional Olympics since 1982.