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Asian Games: Sarabjot, Divya claim silver in 10m air pistol mixed team event

Asian Games: Sarabjot, Divya claim silver in 10m air pistol mixed team event

Hangzhou: Birthday boy Sarabjot Singh and Divya TS continued India's historically successful shooting streak by taking home silver in the mixed team 10m air pistol event on Saturday, bringing the nation's total number of medals in the sport to 19.

India has had its best-ever performance at shooting at the Asian Games thus far, taking home six gold, eight silver, and five bronze medals.

The Indian pair was beaten to the gold medal by world champion marksman Zhang Bowen and compatriot Jiang Ranxin, who emerged 16-14 victors in the shoot-off for the top podium finish.

Sarabjot, who had won the men's 10m air pistol team gold with Arjun Singh Cheema and Shiva Narwal on Thursday, looked on course to bring India its seventh gold in mixed team event partnering Divya on Saturday, but a few poor shots during the latter part of the shoot-off undid the good work done in the qualification round by the pair.

India started the finals with a flourish and was leading 11-7 till the ninth series of shots.

But the experienced Chinese shooters rallied from thereon to equalise at 11-all and again at 14-all before Ranxin came up with a superb 10.7 and Bowen 10.3 giving no chance for the Indians to match up to the score.

Sarabjot, who turned 22 on Saturday, shot 10.5, while 28-year-old Divya had a rank-poor shot of 9.9, which sealed their fate on the 15th shot.

Earlier in the qualification round, Sarabjot shot 291, while Divya scored 286 to aggregate 577 and entered the finals as the No.1 team ahead of China (576).

In the mixed team 10m air pistol event, the top-six teams in qualification enter the medal round but only the No.1 and No.2 placed teams play the shoot-off for gold, while teams placed between No.3 and No.6 compete for two bronze medals.

The South Korean pair of Lee Wonho and Kim Bomi defeated the Japanese duo of Morikawa Seiji and Yamada Satoko 16-8 for the first bronze, while Iranian shooters Amir Joharikhou and Haniyeh Rostamiyan defeated the Pakistani pair of Joseph Gulfam and Talat Kishmala 16-14 for the second bronze.

With PTI inputs

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