New Delhi: India's Sift Kaur Samra dominated the women's 50m rifle three position individual event at the Asian Games in Hangzhou on Wednesday to win the gold medal with a world record score while Ashi Choksi also managed to win a bronze medal.
New Delhi: India’s Sift Kaur Samra dominated the women’s 50m rifle three position individual event at the Asian Games in Hangzhou on Wednesday to win the gold medal with a world record score while Ashi Choksi also managed to win a bronze medal.
Sift scored 469.6 points in the final. She improved by 2.6 points on the world record of 467.0 points held in the final by Great Britain’s Seonad Mackintosh.
Sift also jointly set an Asian record in the qualifying round. Ashi bagged the bronze medal with 451.9 points. Shift’s dominance can be gauged from the fact that China’s Qiongyu Zheng (462.3), who won the silver medal, was 7.3 points behind her. Earlier, Sift, Ashi and Manini Kaushik also won a silver medal in the women’s 50m rifle three position team event.
The trio of Ashi, Manini and Sift stood second in the qualification with 1764 marks. Hosts China bagged the gold medal with a total of 1773 points while South Korea won the bronze medal with 1756 points. Sift and Ashi made it to the finals by placing second and sixth respectively. Sift scored 594 points which is a joint new Asian record in qualifying.
India has so far won 20 medals in the Asian Games, including 5 gold medals. 3 golds came in marksmanship, one gold medal in equestrian team event and Indian women’s cricket team also bagged 1 gold medal.