Sarnobat gold is historic first for India

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Rahi Sarnobat became India's first ever female shooting champion at the Asian Games yesterday after clinching gold in the 25 meter air pistol in Palembang.
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Rahi Sarnobat became India’s first ever female shooting champion at the Asian Games yesterday after clinching gold in the 25 meter air pistol in Palembang.

Sarnobat overcame a tense shoot-off with Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon after both athletes had set a new Asian Games record of 34 points.

Sarnobat, 27, was in top form but was up against a gritty Yangpaiboon, with the first shoot-off ending in a tie. But the Indian won the second shoot-off by a single shot. South Korea’s Kim Min-jung took bronze with a score of 29.

However India’s title favorite Manu Bhaker ended a disappointing sixth after scoring 16.

Sanorbat is coached by Mongolian-born Munkhbayar Dorjsuren, a two-time world champion and Olympic medallist who is a German citizen.

India have already bagged a gold in men’s shooting at Asia’s regional Olympics, which are being hosted by Indonesia. Sixteen-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary won the 10-meter air pistol competition on Tuesday.


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