Chinki Yadav Keeps Olympic Hopes Alive At Asian Shooting Championship

Indian shooters continued to impress everyone on the third day of the Asian Shooting Championship in Doha as Vivaan Kapoor and Esha Singh struck double gold, while Chinki Yadav kept India’s hopes alive of grabbing an Olympic quota berth in women’s 25 m Pistol. Chinki managed a fifth place finish in the opening qualifying round .

The 21-year old showed some great character as she kept herself calm and shot an outstanding 292 to take the fifth spot in the qualifiers. Now Chinki is eyeing a spot in the final to move an inch closer to the Olympic berth.

The first Olympic quota berth for India in women’s 25 m Pistol event has already been booked by Rahi Sarnobat in the previous competition.

Other than Chinki, India’s supremacy was also visible in the junior division. Vivaan Kapoor, who had already won a gold on the opening day along with Manisha Keer, clinched two more gold medals in the junior men’s trap competition, while Bhowneesh Mendiratta joined Vivaan on the podium to take silver.

Both Vivaan and Bhowneesh continued their stellar performance in the junior men’s trap team event along with Manavaditya Singh Rathore to bite gold.

Teenager Esha also went on to win dual gold as she topped the individual as well as the team event in the 10 m air pistol women junior competition.

The juniors continued to make an impression as Bhakti Bhaskar added 5th gold medal to India’s kitty by emerging triumphant in 50 m rifle 3 positions.

Bhakti also led her team comprising Ayushi and Nishachal to win a team silver in 50 m rifle 3 positions event. The day ended with another silver for the Indians as the team of Niraj Kumar, Harshrajsinh Gohil and Nitish Kumar finished second in 50 m rifle 3 positions men junior event. Nitish added a silver to his name in the individual event as well.