Indian shooter Sarabjot Singh clinched a bronze medal and secured an Olympic quota for the upcoming Paris Olympics in the men’s 10m air pistol event at the ongoing Asian Shooting Championship in Changwon, Korea. This achievement marks a significant milestone for Indian shooting and propels Sarabjot Singh into the limelight.
Sarabjot Singh showcased his exceptional skills by scoring 221.1 points in the final, a performance that earned him a well-deserved bronze medal. He trailed behind the Chinese duo of Zhang Yifan, who secured the gold with 243.7 points, and Liu Jinyao, who claimed the silver with a total of 242.1 points. This impressive feat has not only added a medal to India’s tally but also secured the eighth Olympic quota place for India in shooting, marking a first in the pistol event category.
The road to this remarkable achievement began in the qualification round, where Sarabjot Singh exhibited his proficiency by scoring 581 points. This score secured him the eighth spot, setting the stage for his triumphant performance in the final.
Sarabjot Singh’s journey to securing the Olympic quota place was not without its challenges. With China having already utilized their two Olympic quotas in the event, and only one of the two eligible Koreans vying for the remaining spot, Sarabjot Singh faced a daunting task. He needed to finish with a high rank to clinch the coveted quota place.
Sarabjot took the lead after the initial five shots, a pivotal moment that ultimately contributed to his success. Although the two Chinese competitors caught up and briefly surpassed him, Sarabjot Singh displayed remarkable composure and resilience.
In the women’s air pistol event, five Indian participants, including those competing for ranking points, faced a challenging competition but were unable to secure a top-eight finish. Rhythm Sangwan secured the 11th spot with a score of 577, Esha Singh followed in 13th place with 576 points, Surbhi Rao was placed 15th with 575 points, Ruchita Vinerkar stood at the 22nd position with 571 points, and Palak finished 25th with 570 points.
In the men’s air pistol event, Varun Tomar and Kunal Rana secured the 16th and 17th positions, respectively, with scores of 578 and 577. Shiva finished 20th with 576 points, while Saurabh Chaudhary secured the 35th position with 569 points.
On the inaugural day of the competitions, junior pistol events and the men’s and women’s skeet qualifications were also in progress, adding to the excitement and competitive spirit of the Asian Shooting Championship.