The 12th South Asian Games saw remarkable domination by the Indian women’s shooting team on the opening day of competitions in Guwahati on Wednesday. An easy notch by the Rio Olympics bound Apurvi Chandela added six medals, including three gold on the winning list.
Chandela was expected to trigger the gold medal for India and it went pretty much that way with athlete’s contributing perfectly in her favourite event of women’s 10m air rifle with a total score of 209.00 points. Whereas, compatriots Elizabeth Susan Koshy and Pooja Ghatkar had the silver and bronze with that Indian markswomen swept the medals at the Kahilipara Shooting Range.
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However, in men’s department, India failed to amuse as Om Prakash shot 187.3 points in men’s 50m pistol event, grabbing a silver only. Olympic-bound Prakash Nanjappa finished outside podium at fourth and following which Bangladesh’s ace Sakil Ahmed with 187.6 points shot won the gold medal.
When later the day Prakash was caught by media he said, “I took part despite not being well. I have been feeling a burning sensation on my left eye for the last two days and I am having antibiotics. So, I could not focus my eyes for long,”, reported by NDTV.
The day is going to be remembered as ‘the day of shooters” as India added golds each in men’s 50m pistol team event and women’s 10m air rifle team event.
With whopping energy, the competition to sweep most of the gold continued later the day as India now stands on the podium with an upgrade of overall 194 medals, including 117 gold, 61 silver and 16 bronze medals.