India’s teen shooting star Saurabh Chaudhary clinched the silver medal in the men’s 10m air pistol event as India continued their surge at the 14th Asian Championship in Doha on Monday.
The 17-year-old World Cup and the Asian Games gold-medallist shot 244.5 to finish second on the podium behind North Korea’s Kim Song Guk, who won the top prize with a world record 246.5. Iran’s Foroughi Javed bagged the bronze with a score of 221.8 at the Lusail Shooting Complex.
With 583 points, both Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma had qualified for the final in seventh and sixth place, respectively.
Verma had to be content with a fifth-place finish in the eight-man final, having managed 181.5. The trio of Chaudhary, Verma and Sharvan Kumar bagged the team bronze with a total of 1740 in the qualifying, finishing behind China (1745) and Korea (1744).
Chaudhary, the reigning Youth Olympics champion, has carried his fine form to the final and had a series of 10 and above scores but the North Korean was in a league of his own on the day.
Meanwhile, the air pistol quotas from this competition went to Iran, North Korea and Pakistan as India and China had already secured the maximum two quotas each.
Shreya Agrawal and Dhanush Srikanth won the gold medal in the 10m air rifle mixed team junior competition, while Gurnihal Garcha, Abhay Singh Sekhon and Ayush Rudraraju claimed the team gold in the junior men’s skeet.
Shreya and Dhanush beat their Chinese opponents 16-14 in the gold medal match after coming through two rounds of qualifying.
In all, India picked up eight medals on the day. India won six Olympic quotas across events from the prestigious championship, taking their total to 15.