Indians struggle at Asian Air Gun championship

There were no individual medals for the Indian shooters in any of the six rifle events. However, there was solace in the fact that the men’s and women’s teams bagged the silver medals. The youth men bagged the bronze.

Anjum Moudgil stood out in the women’s event as she was second in qualification with a score 417.4.   -  K. MURALI KUMAR

The Chinese proved overwhelmingly superior, as they swept most of the medals, even as the second-string Indian shooters struggled to make an impact in two days of competition in the ninth Asian Air Gun championship in Tehran, Iran.

There were no individual medals for the Indian shooters in any of the six rifle events. However, there was solace in the fact that the men’s and women’s teams bagged the silver medals. The youth men bagged the bronze.

There were many shooters who made the finals, but Anjum Moudgil stood out in the women’s event as she was second in qualification with a score 417.4. All the three shooters in the women’s event, with Suma Shirur and Shriyanka Sadangi being the other two, made the final.

In men’s event, Satyendra Singh, Akhil Sheoran and Imran Hasan Khan won the team silver. Satyendra Singh placed fifth, while Akhil Sheoran shot 621.3 and missed the final by 0.1 point.

The competition will continue with the pistol events over the next two days.

The results:

Air rifle: Men: 1. Liu Yukun (Chn) 209.8 (625.2); 2. Cao Yifei (Chn) 209.4 (628.6); 3. Qian Xuechao (Chn) 187.9 (622.7); 5. Satyendra Singh 142.1 (622.2); 9. Akhil Sheoran 621.3; 10. Imran Hasan Khan 620.8.

Team: 1. China 1876.5; 2. India 1864.3; 3. Thailand 1861.1.

Junior men: 1. Liang Xiaohu (Chn) 208.3 (621.8); 2. Song Buham (Chn) 207.3 (621.9); 3.Atsushi Shimada (Jpn) 185.0 (626.1); 6. Pratik Borse 121.9 (621.4); 7. Arjun Babuta 100.9 (621.0); 15. Tejas Krishna Prasad 614.0.

Team: 1. Iran 1865.4; 2. Bangladesh 1860.0; 3. China 1857.8; 4. India 1856.4.

Youth men: 1. Amirsiyavash Zolfagharian (Iri) 206.3 (621.9); 2.Sui Gengcheng (Chn) 205.8 (625.8); 3. Masaya Endoh (Jpn) 184.0 (621.7); 8. Hriday Hazarika 78.9 (621.5); 10. Sachet Pinnanath 613.3; 14. Vinaykumar Patil 605.4.

Team: 1. China 1861.7; 2. Japan 1843.8; 3. India 1840.2.

Women: 1. Xu Hong (Chn) 207.9 (416.7); 2. Du Bei (Chn) 207.1 (418.5); 3. Shi Mengyao (Chn) 185.7 (415.3); 5. Shriyanka Sadangi 142.5 (414.2); 6. Anjum Moudgil 122.1 (417.4); 7. Suma Shirur 100.9 (413.5).

Team: 1. China 1250.5; 2. India 1245.1; 3. Iran 1232.1.

Junior women: 1. Wang Luyao (Chn) 209.6 (FARJ) 417.7; 2. Sadeghian Armina (Iri)209.2 (414.1); 3. Wu Mingyang (Chn) 186.8 (417.6); 8. Dilreen Gill 80.7 (416.0); 13. Geetakshi Dixit 407.3; 17. Aashi Rastogi 400.8.

Team: 1. China 1250.8 (WRJ); 2. Japan 1229.8; 3. Iran 1229.3; 5. India 1224.1.

Youth women: 1. Zhu Yingjie (Chn) 207.3 (418.9); 2. Gao Liqing (Chn) 206.5 (411.1); 3. Ren Jiaxiang (Chn) 184.3 (414.0); 8. Samiksha Dhingra 76.9 (411.6); 16. Gayatri Pawaskar 404.3; 17. Vidhi Jain 403.8.

Team: 1. China 1244.0; 2. Bangladesh 1227.5; 3. Kazakhstan 1222.4; 4. India 1219.7.