Indian Juniors Snare Four Golds at Asian Shooting C’ship

New Delhi: Indian colts snaredas many as four gold medals inthe juniors category to perchthemselves firmly in second position on the medal tally behind powerhouses China at the 15thAsian Shooting Championshipbeing held in Changwon, here on Thursday.Harmehar Lally won the juniormen’s Skeet, hitting 52 of the 60targets in the final to lead an Indian1-2 as Bhavtegh Gill clinchedsilver with 50 hits. The duo alsoteamed up with Rituraj Bundela
to win the team gold in the event.Two other team golds came inthe women’s skeet and thewomen’s 10m air rifle
competitions respectively.Gautami Bhanot and AbhinavShaw also won individual silverand bronze medals in the women’sand men’s 10m air rifle even asRaiza Dhillon won a silver in thejunior women’s Skeet, to round
off an eight-medal day for India,who now have six gold, five silverand two bronze medals from thecampaign. They have also wonone quota place for the ParisOlympics.The medal rush began early onThursday with the junior women’sSkeet, when Raiza Dhillon,Mufaddal Deesawala, and SanjanaSood shot a total of 332 to winthe junior women’s Skeet teamgold. Raiza, who had topped thequalification round with a scoreof 116 out of 125, then went on
to finish behind Diana Sabekovain the six-woman 60-shot final.It was the turn of the juniormen Skeet shooters thereafter asHarmehar, Bhavtegh, and Riturajsealed the team gold with a totalof 342. Harmehar and Bhavtegh
then went on to win individualglory even as a third Indi Fridayan,Abhay Singh Sekhon finished
fourth with a tally of 34 in thefinal.Here too, Harmehar had toppedthe qualification round with a 117to make the final.The Rifle shooters then gotdown to business as three eachmade the final of the men’s andwomen’s 10m air rifle. Gautami,Sonam Maskar, and Jasmeen Kaurtotalled an Asian junior recordscore of 1891.6 to clinch the
women’s team title.Gautami then shot 251.3 toclinch individual silver andAbhinav 227.6 for individual
bronze.The squad renews their questfor Paris quotas on Friday withthe senior 10m Air Rifle Men’sand Women’s finals among others,on the roster.

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