At the current Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar won the men’s 10m Air Rifle individual bronze medal, giving India its fourth shooting medal overall.
After a competitive race against fellow countryman Rudrankksh Patil, who came in fourth, Aishwary won the gold.
Following the scorching form shown by both Tomar and Rudrankksh in the qualifying round, India will be little disappointed at failing to win a gold, or even a silver, in the individual category.
However, neither Indian was able to duplicate the magic of the qualifying round in the eight-shooter finals, with Tomar eventually defeating Rudrankksh in a shoot-off for third place with a score of 228,8.
After that, Tomar and Park Hajun were vying for silver, but Tomar was eliminated with a terrible last shot of 9.8, and Park Hajun went on to finish second behind China’s Sheng Lihao, who won gold with a world-record score of 253.3.
Following their outstanding performance in the qualifying round, Rudranksh and Tomar advanced to the eight-shooter finals, but Divyansh was denied entry due to an Asian Games regulation that only permits two marksmen from a nation to compete.
Aishwary finished sixth following the qualifying round, while Rudrankksh was in third position going into the finals. Divyansh finished in eighth place, however all three Indian competitors would have advanced to the eight-shooter final if it had been a World Cup, World Championship, or any other continental shooting event.
Divyansh was forced to make room for Islam Satpayev of Kazakhstan, who finished ninth but still qualified for the finals due to the regulation.
Sheng Lihao of China won the qualifying round with a score of 634.5, an Asian Games record, while Park Hajun of South Korea came in second with a score of 632.8.
Aishwary was fifth among the qualifiers with a score of 631.6, while Rudrankksh was third with a score of 632.5 entering the finals.
Prior to that, the Indian 10m air rifle team, which was confident and was captained by teenage world champion Rudrankksh, delivered the nation its first gold medal at the Asian Games by setting a world record on Monday.