Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar opened India’s 2018 Asian Games medal tally by claiming the bronze medal in 10m air rifle mixed team on Sunday.
The Indian duo aggregated 429.9 after 42 shots in the 48-shot final and were in second spot for major part of the 48-shot finals before China overtook them to take the silver.
Apurvi and Ravi shot the second best qualification score of 835.3 to qualify for the finals.
Talking about their performance, Apurvi Chandela said, “Our best finish together was fourth at the World Cup and we have improved on that. My first Asian Games medal and my first medal for India here. I am really happy about that but my focus is on main event (women’s 10m air rifle) tomorrow.”
Ravi Kumar said, “This bronze has come only because of Apurvi. The final was a disappointment after a decent qualification. We didn’t get enough time to train together.”
Mongolia were the first team to be eliminated and Korea, who held the top spot in the early rounds, followed suit as they dropped to 4th place after some poor shooting.
Chinese Taipei won the gold with 494.1 points, creating an Asian Games record, while China claimed the silver with 492.5 points.
The 28-year-old Ravi had earlier won team bronze at the 2014 Asian Games and bronze at this year’s Commonwealth Games while 25-year-old Apurvi had won gold in Commonwealth Games.
There was disappointment in store for pistol mixed team of teen sensation Manu Bhaker and Abhishek Verma, who failed to qualify for the finals after being tied with Kazakhstan.
Both teams were tied at 759 points after 80 shots but the Kazakh sealed the 5th and final qualifying spot due to more inners 10s than India (25 to India’s 14). India finished 6th.
10m Air Rifle Mixed Team: 1. Chinese Taipei (494.1 GR); 2. China (492.5); 3. India (429.9).
10m Air Pistol Mixed Team: 1. China (473.2 GR) ; 2. Korea (467.6); 3. Vietnam (407.5); 6. India (Qualification Score 759).
Confident this is just the beginning for many more medals! Best wishes to the Indian contingent for the coming days #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 19, 2018