Asian Airgun C’ships: Shreya breaks world junior record

India finished with a tally of 16 gold, five silver and three bronze medals.

Photo of the Indian junior air rifle shooters, who won four gold, a silver and two bronze medals in the Asian Airgun championship in Chinese Taipei on Monday. (Top row, from left): Mehuli Ghosh, Shreya Agrawal and Kavi Rakshna. (Front row) Shakun Bhugra, Keval Prajapati, Yash Vardhan, Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar, and coach Suma Shirur.   -  Special Arrangement

Shreya Agrawal won the junior women’s air rifle gold with a world record final score of 252.5 in the 12th Asian Airgun championship in Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei, on Monday.

It was another sweep of the gold medals for India, as Yash Vardhan won the junior men’s gold, apart from the team gold medals in both the events.

With individual silver and bronze medals by Keval Prajapati and Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar, apart from the individual bronze in the junior
women’s event by Mehuli Ghosh, India took its tally to 14 gold, five silver and four bronze medals.

Shreya’s effort in the final, which helped her beat Park Hyejin of Korea by 1.9 points, bettered Zhao Ruozhu’s world junior record of 252.4 set last year. Incidentally, the women’s World Record is held by Apurvi Chandela at 252.9, set in the World Cup recently in Delhi.

The trio of Shreya, Mehuli Ghosh and Kavi Rakshna put together a total of 1882.2, which trumped the previous world junior record of 1880.7 set by Shreya, Elavenil Valarivan and Manini Kaushik in the World Championship last September.

Yash Vardhan, Keval Prajapati and Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar dominated the boys' event by sweeping the individual and team medals.

Vardhan beat Keval Prajapati by 2.2 points for the gold, as the Indian trio pushed the qualification topper Kang Jungi (628.2) of Korea to the fourth place.

Coach Suma Shirur lauded the junior air rifle shooters for winning nine of the ten possible medals with two world records.

The results (10m air rifle)

  • Junior Men: 1. Yash Vardhan 249.5 (626.0); 2. Keval Prajapati 2473 (624.2); 3. Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar 226.1 (624.6).

  • Team: 1. India 1874.8; 2. Chinese Taipei 1834.7; 3. Singapore 1802.2.

  • Junior women: 1. Shreya Agrawal 252.5 WRJ (628.7); 2. Park Hyejin (Kor) 250.6(618.5); 3. Mehuli Ghosh 228.3 (628.8); 4. Kavi Rakshna 205.9 (624.7).

  • Team: 1. India 1882.2 WRJ; 2. Korea 1858.5; 3. Chinese Taipei 1840.4.

Shreya’s effort in the final, which helped her beat Park Hyejin of Korea by 1.9 point, bettered Zhao Ruozhu’s world junior record of 252.4 set last year. Incidentally, the women’s World Record stands against the name of Apurvi Chandela at 252.9, set in the World Cup recently in Delhi.

The trio of Shreya, Mehuli Ghosh and Kavi Rakshna put together a total of 1882.2, which bettered the previous world junior record of 1880.7

set by Shreya, Elavenil Valarivan and Manini Kaushik in the World Championship last September.

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Yash Vardhan, Keval Prajapati and Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar dominated the boys event by sweeping the individual and team medals.

Yash Vardhan beat Keval Prajapati by 2.2 points for the gold, as the Indian trio pushed the qualification topper Kang Jungi (628.2) of Korea to the fourth place.

Shreya and Yash had earlier won the mixed rifle junior team gold, while Mehuli and Keval Prajapati had won the silver.

Coach Suma Shirur lauded the junior air rifle shooters for winning nine of the ten possible medals with two world records.