Rahi Sarnobat has scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a Asiad gold in the 25m pistol event. She achieved the feat in Palembang on Wednesday.

Sarnobat shot a score of 34 in the final and tied with Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon. The latter won silver after a shoot-off while South Korea’s Kim Minjung won bronze with a score of 29.

Winning the fourth gold for India, Sarnobat earned the biggest medal of her career. She won the shoot-off by one point with a score of 3-2. Both Sarnobat and Yangpaiboon set a new Asian Games record in the final.

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“Rahi is an experienced shooter, we were together at the 2012 Games and she’s the kind of shooter who’s capable of a good performance in the finals, much like what happened today. I’m not surprised that she hung on and won through two shoot-offs. That’s the kind of gritty shooter she is,” praised Vijay Kumar, who won a silver medal in the 25m rapid fire pistol at the London Olympics, as quoted by ESPN.

On the other hand, favourite Manu Bhaker finished sixth after scoring 16 in the final.

This win also marks Sarnobat’s feat of becoming the first Indian woman to win medal in the 25m pistol event at the Asian Games. She clinched India’s second shooting gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games, Sachin Chaudhary being the first gold medallist in the 10m air pistol event on Tuesday. She had become India’s first pistol shooter to win a gold in World Cup back in 2013.

Sarnobat is the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games gold medallist in Pune in the same event. She also won two gold medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India. The powerful shooter was also the first Indian woman to compete in the 25m pistol event at the Olympics.

Feature Image Credit: The Indian Express

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