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Rahi Sarnobat creates history; becomes the first Indian woman shooter to win an Asian Games gold

27-year-old ace shooter from Maharashtra, Rahi Sarnobat, became the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the Asian Games. She clinched the yellow metal in the second decider shoot-off in the Women’s 25m Air Pistol finals. Sarnobat bagged the 4th gold medal for India by defeating Naphaswan Yangpaiboon of Thailand.

“Bullseye! After battling a major elbow injury in 2016, veteran shooter Rahi Sarnobat makes a resounding comeback with her medal winning performance in the 25m Pistol event at the Asian Games 2018. Kudos to her for taking forward Indian shooting’s successful run in Jakarta,” tweeted sports miister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore after her win.

The talented Manu Bhaker cracked under pressure to finish sixth in the finals. The 16-year-old had a remarkable qualification round in which she shot 593 to equal the Games Qualification record. 

After the win Sarnobat tweeted, “This Gold has come after months of gruelling hard work. I want to thank Olympic Gold Quest for believing in me and supporting me through the years and my coach who has worked equally hard for my medal.”


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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