It was an incredible climb to the top by Angad Vir Singh Bajwa and Mairaj Ahmad Khan, as they squeezed their way into the men’s final after a qualifying shoot-off on 120 with six others, and eventually won the gold and silver, along with the Olympic quota places, at the Asian shooting Championships in Doha, Qatar, on Sunday.
It was a fitting climax for the day for India, in which the young Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar clinched the men’s rifle 3-position Olympic quota with the bronze medal.
Asian champion Angad Vir, who had shot a world record 60 out of 60 for that title earlier in the year, pipped Olympian Mairaj 6-5 in the tie-shoot for the gold, after the two had tied on 56.
With three more Olympic quota places from the day, the best for Indian shooting this season, the tally for the country went up to 15.
Such an overwhelming performance, pushed aside the brilliant performance by Manu Bhaker, who won the mixed air pistol gold with Abhishek Verma, beating the other Indian pair of Yashaswini Singh Deswal and Saurabh Chaudhary 16-10. It was a remarkable show by Manu, who has won four World Cup mixed gold medals with Saurabh Chaudhary this season.
The juniors were not to be left behind as Esha Singh and Sarabjot Singh won the mixed air pistol junior gold with a 16-10 win over Korea. The other Indian team of Priya Raghav and Akash finished fifth in the second phase, narrowly missing a medal, after having topped qualification in the first stage with 580.
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