Asian shooting championship: Achal wins gold

In the men’s section, Mahendra Singh won the silver, nine points behind Jang Dae Kyu of Korea. With Neeraj Kumar shooting a below par 537, after Gurpreet Singh had placed fifth with 567, the Indian team was pushed to the bronze behind Korea and China.

Gurpreet Singh was placed fifth in the Men's 25m standard pistol category.   -  Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Achal Pratap Grewal won the individual and team gold in junior men’s standard pistol in the 13th Asian shooting championship in Kuwait City on Sunday. He had Rituraj Singh and Shivam Shukla for company on the podium.

In the men’s section, Mahendra Singh won the silver, nine points behind Jang Dae Kyu of Korea. With Neeraj Kumar shooting a below par 537, after Gurpreet Singh had placed fifth with 567, the Indian team was pushed to the bronze behind Korea and China.

Lajja Gauswami made the women’s 50-metre rifle 3-position final, but placed seventh. The Indian team, with Anjum Moudgil and Elizabeth Susan Koshy as the other members, had confirmed the bronze on Saturday, after the elimination round.

The Indian contingent took its tally to 16 gold, nine silver and 10 bronze medals.

Meanwhile, the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) made another announcement, reiterating that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had revoked the Olympic quota places of the Asian championship. This was necessitated as the Kuwait Shooting Federation made an elaborate list of 21 Olympic quota winners, including three Indians Pooja Ghatkar, Heena Sidhu and Lajja Gauswami, from the ongoing championship, in its website.

‘’The ISSF already has four formal applications and will announce the location and dates for the Asian Olympic shooting qualification competition as soon as ISSF Executive Committee and IOC approvals are obtained’’, said a statement from the ISSF.

The results:

Men:

25m standard pistol: 1. Jang Dae Kyu (Kor) 581; 2. Mahendra Singh 572; 3. Tuguldur Oyun (Mgl) 571; 5. Gurpreet Singh 567; 31. Neeraj Kumar 537.

Team: 1. Korea 1698; 2. China 1691; 3. India 1676.

Junior men: 1. Achal Pratap Grewal 562; 2. Park Jungwoo (Kor) 561; 3. Lee Jaekyoon (Kor) 560; 5. Rituraj Singh 555; 7. Shivam Shukla 552.

Team: 1. India 1669; 2. Korea 1655; 3. Mongolia 1630.

Women:

50m rifle 3-position: 1. Chen dongqi (Ch) 461.0 (585); 2. Narantuya Chuluunbadrakh (Mgl) 457.7 (583); 3. Yoo Seo Young (Kor) 446.7 (592); 7. Lajja Gauswami 404.6 (582); 14. Anjum Moudgil 577; 28. Elizabeth Susan Koshy 567.

Team: 1. China 1749; 2. Korea 1737; 3. India 1734.