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Bhaker & Saurabh smash world record as India win Asian Airgun junior and senior gold

India had a successful start to the 12th Asian Airgun Championship in Taipei as India’s young guns clinched gold in both 10m Air Pistol junior and senior events. Exactly a month after a gold medal winning feat at the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi, Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary continued their irresistible form with the senior gold while national champion Esha Singh and Vijayveer Sidhu won the gold in juniors.

Bhaker and Saurabh shot a combined 784 in the qualification round, breaking the record set by Russia’s Vitalina Batsarashkina and Artem Chernousov at the European Championships five days back. They later won the five-team finals with a score of 484.8 edging past the Korean team of Hwang Seongeun and Kim Mose of Korea by 3.7 points. Wu Chia Ying and Kou Kuan-Ting from the host nation won bronze with a score of 413.3. The second Indian team of Anuradha and Abhishek Verma shot 764 with the latter accounting for 391, but placed fourth in the final.

Esha and Vijayveer topped qualification in the junior event with 769 and then put together a score of 478.5 in the final to go atop the podium, ahead of the pairs from Korea and Chinese Taipei. The second Indian team of Harshada Nithave and Arjun Singh Cheema placed fourth.

 

 

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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