Asian Games 2018: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on the mark when it came to wishing the Indian shooters who brought glory for the country on Day 3 of the ongoing Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta. The PM’s post was very meaningful when he highlighted the 16-year-old shooter Saurabh Chaudhary’s achievement and said the potential of young India. The dynamic leader has been someone who has always backed youth and potential.

His post read, “16-year old Saurabh Chaudhary illustrates the potential and prowess our youth is blessed with. This exceptional youngster brings home a Gold in the Men’s 10m Air Pistol event at the @asiangames2018. Congratulations to him!

Chaudhary finished with the score of 240.7 in the final event, 0.5 ahead of Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda who bagged the silver medal. Earlier, it was a brilliant performance by the 16-year old as he topped the qualification round with a score of 586.

He had earlier set a World record, scoring 243.7 at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Germany, where he won a gold medal in the same event in June.

With the feat, Chaudhary became the youngest Indian shooter to win gold at the Asian Games. Before this, it was Jaspal Rana who held the Indian record as he won the gold in the 25m centre pistol at the age of 17 at the 1994 Games in Hiroshima.

Meanwhile, Verma won a bronze medal with a final score of 219.3 in the same event. The 29-year-old was also consistent in his showing as he qualified in the sixth position with a score of 580.

This is India’s first shooting gold at this edition of the prestigious quadrennial event and only their eighth shooting gold across all editions of the Asian Games.