Farmer’s son Saurabh youngest Indian to shoot Asian gold

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 22 Aug 2018 08:12:17



‘Jobless’ Rajput clinches silver

SAURABH Chaudhary, all of 16, on Tuesday became the youngest Indian shooter to win an Asian Games gold medal as he trumped a field comprising multiple world and Olympic champions in the 10m air pistol finals. The seasoned Sanjeev Rajput then made the country proud, winning the silver in the 50m rifle 3 positions. Another Indian making his international debut, 29-year-old Abhishek Verma, shot 219.3 to secure bronze in 10m air pistol event.

Chaudhary aggregated 240.7 to finish top of the podium and become the fifth Indian shooter to win an Asiad gold.
A little later, 37-year-old Rajput looked set for the gold before having a modest standing series in the 50 3 positions rifles final. It was the first individual medal for the former Navy man at the Asian Games, having won team medals in the previous three editions.

Rajput had a huge 3.0 lead after the kneeling and prone series. He had an average end to the finals but bounced back just in the nick of time to clinch silver. It was still a good result for the Yamuna Nagar shooter, who had also won a gold at the recent Commonwealth Games. With a rape case going on against him, he happens to be jobless, having being sacked as assistant coach from the Sports Authority of India last year.

“I hope to get a job now. Let’s see. I shot an 8.4 in the end. That cost me the gold. The competition, the weather (hot) and wind conditions were very tough,” Rajput told PTI. Rajput shot 452.7 for the silver while the gold and bronze went to China’s Hui Zicheng and Japan’s Takayuki Matsumoto, who scored 453.3 and 441.4 respectively.

However, the day belonged to teenage prodigy Chaudhary, son of a farmer based in Kalina Village in Meerut district.
Competing in his first senior event, Chaudhary showed maturity and calmness well beyond his age to snatch the lead from 2010 World Champion Tomoyuki Matsuda on the penultimate attempt of the 24-shot pistol final. In the qualification, Chaudhary pipped legendary Korean shooter Jin Jong-oh, a four-time Olympic and three-time world champion.

The 42-year-old Matsuda from Japan misfired on the 23rd shot to settle for silver with an overall score of 239.7.Chaudhary also set a Games record with his sensational effort. His last two shots were a 10.2 and 10.4, giving him the decisive lead.