Vijay Kumar shoots 2 medals on final day, India’s tally rises to...

Vijay Kumar shoots 2 medals on final day, India’s tally rises to 44

  
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Vijay Kumar

Olympic silver medallist Vijay Kumar shot two more medals on final day of the 13th Asian Shooting Championship in Kuwait to take India’s final tally to 44 including 17 Gold, 14 Silver and 13 Bronze.

It could have been a better medal, but the 30-year-old, after being tied on 584 with Pongpol Kulchairattana of Thailand lost the shoot-off for the silver 48-49.

The gold went one point higher at 585 to Jang Dae Kyu of Korea.

Vijay had recovered from 287 in the precision series with an impressive 297, the best in the rapid fire section.

The Indian team missed the gold to Korea by two points, with Samaresh Jung with a 572 and Pemba Tamang with 580.

Speaking to indianshooting.com, Vijay Kumar said, I am happy I could win three medals at this competition but I have to work harder and improve my scores. I specially have to improve my scores in the rapid fire event. At the moment I can say am going through a rough patch as per my performance goes in rapid fire. Ever since my cervical disc operation, I have been able to come back in all other events apart from rapid fire which is my pet event. I have been working hard on it. We still have one last chance and I will give my best to claim the Olympic Quota for Rio 2016.

Vijay had also won a team bronze in Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol along with teammates Neeraj Kumar and Akshay Suhas.

Swapnil Kusale had earlier won the individual and team gold in the Junior Men’s 50m Rifle Three Position on Tuesday.

The Results:

Men’s 25m Centre Fire Pistol: 1. Jang Dae Kyu (KOR) 585; 2. Pongpol Kulchairattana (THA) 584 (49); 3. Vijay Kumar 584 (48); 7. Pemba Tamang 580; 14. Samaresh Jung 572. Team: 1. Korea 1738; 2. India 1736; 3. Vietnam 1731.

Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol: 1. Li Yuehong (CHN) 34 (585); 2. Zhang Fusheng (CHN) 32 (576); 3. Kim Jun Hong (KOR) 28 (586); 5. Neeraj Kumar 11 (577); 12. Vijay Kumar 570; 17. Akshay Suhas Astaputre 565. OOC: Gurpreet Singh 571. Team: 1. China 1740; 2. Korea 1732; 3. India 1712.

Junior Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol: 1. Park Jungwoo (KOR) 31 (573); 2. Jang Ji Won (PRK) 23 (557); 3. Youn Jinwon (KOR) 19 (573); 4. Shivam Shukla 11 (557); 5. Rushiraj Barot 10 (556); 9. Arjun Das 534. OOC: George Thomas 514. Team: 1. Korea 1698; 2. India 1647; 3. Thailand 1616.

Junior Men’s 50m Rifle Three Position: 1. Swapnil Kusale 453.3 (1151); 2. Wang Ce (CHN) 449.8 (1153); 3. Mohammad Hossein Karimi (IRI) 438.6 (1163); 6. Akkhil Sheoran 404.2 (1134); 13. Ishan Goel 1105. Team: 1. China 3450; 2. India 3390; 3. Korea 3383.

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