Sensational Saurabh claims gold at Asian Airgun Championships

It is the fourth individual gold medal for Saurabh Chaudhary in four months.

The victory in Kuwait City gave Saurabh Chaudhary his fourth gold medal in as many months. (file photo)   -  AP

Saurabh Chaudhary added yet another feather to his cap as he beat compatriot Arjun Singh Cheema by 2.1 points to win the junior men’s air pistol gold in the 11th Asian Air Gun Championship in Kuwait on Thursday.

In a phenomenal season of success in which the 16-year-old had earlier won the Asian Games gold, World Championship junior gold and the Youth Olympics gold, it was not that big a challenge, after Saurabh had qualified in the third place with 576.

The Indian trio topped qualification, with Anmol Jain being the second best at 577, and swept the team gold with an intimidating 38-point margin over the Chinese. There was no similar fairy tale for Manu Bhaker, who had also won the Youth Olympics gold, apart from the Commonwealth Games gold and the World Cup gold medals for both the juniors and women.

Manu finished fourth as she failed to progress towards the medals by a half-point margin. However, along with Abhidnya Patil who made the final and placed seventh and Neha, Manu saw the team to the silver medal, 10 points behind the Chinese.

The results

10m air pistol: Junior men: 1. Saurabh Chaudhary 239.8 (576); 2. Arjun Singh Cheema 237.7 (578); 3. Wei-Te Huang (Tpe) 218.0 (572); 4. Anmol Jain 195.1 (577).

Team: 1. India 1731; 2. China 1693; 3. Kazakhstan 1668.

Junior women: 1. Wang Xiaoyu (Chn) 238.9 (574); 2. Wang Keyi (Chn) 234.8 (562); 4. Mei-Fang Yang (Tpe) 216.5 (563); 4. Manu Bhaker 196.4 (579); 7. Abhidnya Patil 133.1 (563).

Team: 1. China 1704; 2. India 1694; 3. Chinese Taipei 1679.