Jakarta: Indian shooters’ treasure hunt for gold medal on the second day of competition halted with two silver medals with rifle shooter Deepak Kumar winning 10m air rifle silver and shotgun maestro Lakshay Sheoran snapping up Trap silver medal after a long-drawn final that saw the World Record being equalled in Palembang on Monday.
The way youngster Lakshay withstood the pressure against Chinese Taipei marksman Kunpi Yang, it augurs well for shotgun shooting that has seen void for quite some time now after the Incheon Games’ gold medallist Ronjan Sodhi almost semi-retired.
Lakshay and the seasoned Manavjit Singh Sandhu both made it to the six-man final, but the senior pro failed to keep pace as the final wore on with Lakshay punching well above his reach to climb up from fifth to No 2 to first displace Sandhu.
After the Philippines’ Alexander Hagen Topacio exited first, Korea’s Jiwon Eum was next to go. Manavjit was tentative and was third to leave the field before Daemyeong Ahn of South Korea left Lakshay and Kunpi to fight it out.
The contest stretched to the distance before the Indian lost his bearings and settled for the silver medal. Elsewhere in the shooting range, Seema Tomar and Apurvi Chandela fizzled out despite making it to the final in the Trap women and 10m Air Rifle women’s competition.
Deepak hangs on for silver
Competing in the first medal event of the day, Deepak produced excellent scores at crucial junctures to pip the fancied teammate Ravi Kumar after the two Indians made it to the 8-man final.
Deepak shot 247.7 to finish second on the podium behind China’s Haoran Yang, who won the top prize with a Games record of 249.1.
Chinese Taipei’s Shaochuan Lu shot 226.8 to settle for the bronze after being beaten by a near-perfect score of 10.9 by Deepak in the third-place shoot-off.
The 31-year-old Deepak then shot a 10.8 to get the better of Ravi (205.2), who had combined with Aprurvi Chandela to win bronze in the air rifle mixed event on Sunday.
Ravi came fourth with a 205.2 as Chinese Taipei’s Shaochuan Lu (226.8) took the bronze following a near-perfect score of 10.9 shot by Deepak in the third-place shoot-off.
Deepak had won the bronze medal at the 2018 ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico in the air rifle mixed team event with Mehuli Ghosh.