Asian C’ship: India gain solitary medal

No Indian made the finals let alone aspire for a medal in the only event of the day, men’s 50-metre rifle prone in the 13th Asian shooting championship in Kuwait on Saturday. There was, however, a team bronze medal following the elimination stage in women’s rifle 3-position event.

Sushil Ghalay missed the finals of the men’s 50-metre rifle prone narrowly.   -  The Hindu (File Photo)

After a flurry of gold medals, there was a lull in the Indian camp, as none made the finals let alone aspire for a medal in the only event of the day, men’s 50-metre rifle prone in the 13th Asian shooting championship in Kuwait on Saturday.

To be fair, it had to be conceded that both Sushil Ghalay (619.0) and Surendra Sinh Rathod (618.8) missed the final narrowly, by 0.3 and 0.5 point respectively, in a strong field of 40 shooters. However, with the third shooter Shamsher Bhandari faring below par with a score of 614.4, the Indian team missed the bronze medal to Kazakhstan by 4.8 points.

There was, however, a team bronze medal following the elimination stage in women’s rifle 3-position event. Lajja Gauswami (581), Anjum Moudgil (580) and Elizabeth Susan Koshy (573) got the bronze with 1734 points, three points behind Korea, while China (1749) was streets ahead.

Elizabeth missed precious points in kneeling (189) and standing positions (187) as compared to the other two. Yet, it may be totally different during the qualification and final tomorrow. For the record, hardly two shooters got eliminated as there were only 36 lined up for the event.

The solitary bronze medal helped India take its overall tally to 14 gold, 8 silver and 9 bronze medals after five days of competition.

The results:

Men:

50m rifle prone: 1. Attapon Vea Aree (Tha) 209.2 (621.4); 2. Han Jinseop (Kor) 208.1 (626.8); 3. Kim Jonghyun (Kor) 187.3 (626.6); 9. Sushil Ghalay 619.0; 10. Surendra Sinh Rathod 618.8; 26. Shamsheer Bhandari 614.4.

Team: 1. Korea 1864.2; 2. China 1856.2; 3. Kazakhstan 1855.1; 4. India 1850.3.