The duo of Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar got India its first medal at the the 2018 Asian Games with Bronze. They won the medal in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event with a final score of 429.9.
Chandela and Kumar had entered the final finishing second after the Koreans in the qualifications after a stable series of shots. They were tied for second spot in the final, and a silver looked like it was coming home, before the last shot but both Indians could only manage only 9.7.
"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 (10m rifle) tomorrow," Chandela told PTI after winning the bronze. "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," Kumar added.
#India's 1st medal at the #AsianGames2018 comes from our 10m air rifle mixed team -@apurvichandela and Ravi Kumar!Many congratulations to them for grabbing a! Great show, team! #IndiaAtAsianGames #TeamIndia #Shooting @OfficialNRAI @ISSF_Shooting #SAI pic.twitter.com/uomiLy0DsE— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 19, 2018
It was a competitive final nevertheless, with just 0.4 separating India from Korea after the second series. But the gap increased soon after as Chinese Taipei pulled away with series of fantastic shots, at a time when India failed to rake in the high 10s.
Chinese Taipei finished with Gold and a Games Record score of 494.1, followed by the Chinese, who made a spectacular comeback to go past India and finish on 492.5
The Mixed Team event has been introduced at the Games for the first time, and Chandela and Kumar’s effort in a highly competitive field is commendable indeed.
With PTI Inputs