The faltering form of the Indian marksmen continued with the trap team comprising world champion, Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Mansher Singh and Zoravar Singh, settling for bronze in the team event, thus leaving their reputation in tatters. Seasoned Manavjit and Mansher came up with a better showing on Friday, the damage had already been done on Thursday, the first day of competition. And with Zoravar not quite in the thick of things, the favourites plumbed to a new low.
A score of 19/25 is not expected from a top shooter at international competition, but Zoravar's form dipped miserably on Thursday and it pulled the team down. He improved slightly on Friday.
The team totalled 341 points (Manavjit 119/125, Mansher 113, Zoravar 109), while Kuwait, competing under the International Olympic Committee banner, as their national Olympic committee has been banned, clinched gold with 352 points. were a close second on 351.
In the individual event, Manavjit retained his overnight fifth position in the finals, notching up 136/150, while Mansher finished a distant 17th and Zoravar 28th.
Shooting coach to quit after Games
India’s chief national shooting coach for 17 years, Sunny Thomas, on Friday said he will quit his post after the Asian Games owing to the dismal display in the event. “I had a meeting with all the shooters yesterday and told them that I am quitting. I have already informed the secretary general of NRAI Baljit Singh Sethi that I don't want to continue after the Games. I have been a chief national coach for too long, 17 years and I feel I am a misfit in the system,” Thomas said.
Sania in last eight, Somdev moves up
Sania Mirza toppled sixth seed Chinese Shuai Zhang to seal a quarter-final berth in the women's singles while Somdev Devvarman and Karan Rastogi routed their rivals to move to pre-quarterfinals of the men's singles on Friday.
Unseeded Sania, a silver medallist at the 2006 Asian Games, scored a 6-2, 6-2 win in the second round at the Aoti Tennis Centre. However, for Somdev and Rastogi it was just a stroll in the park as they demolished their rivals easily.
Rastogi crushed Myalikkuli Mamedkuliyev of Turkmenistan 6-0, 6-0 while Somdev blanked Jabor Mohammed Al Mutawa of Qatar.
Dinesh assured of medal, Vikas also wins
Commonwealth champion Dinesh Kumar became the second Indian boxer to assure himself of a medal by advancing to the light heavyweight (81kg) semifinals, out-punching Korean Jinho Heo on Friday. The 23-year-old beat his rival 10-6.
The 18-year-old Vikas Krishan (60kg) too inched closer to the medal round, advancing to the quarter-finals with an 8-1 triumph over Amangeldi Hudaybergenov of Turkmenistan.
Vikas will now take on North Korea's Kim Chol Song.