Asian Games 2018: Deepak Kumar wins silver medal in Men’s 10m Air Rifle
Deepak Kumar won silver in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle to clinch India’s third medal at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta.asian games 2018 Updated: Aug 20, 2018 11:51 IST
Deepak Kumar clinched India’s third medal at the Asian Games 2018 when the 30-year old shooter won silver in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle category in Jakarta on Monday.
Deepak finished second with a score of 247.7 while China’s Haoran Yang won the gold with an Asian Games record score of 249.1. Ravi Kumar finished fourth with a score of 205.2.
Chinese Taipei’s Shaochuan Lu (226.8) bagged the bronze after being beaten by a near-perfect score of 10.9 by Deepak in the third-place shoot-off. Deepak then shot a 10.8 to get the better of Ravi (205.2).
Deepak Kumar had earlier won the bronze medal at the 2018 ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara in the 10 metre air rifle mixed team event with Mehuli Ghosh and in the individual category, the 30-year old clinched bronze in the 2017 Commonwealth Championship in Brisbane.
“I was trailing also in the qualification. I just thought about his words. He often says ‘you have the potential and you know your limits’. Starting was not good, the middle was worse. So I just tried to stay calm,” the 30-year-old told PTI.
Asked how he felt beating his friend and Air Force roommate Ravi, he had a philosophical take: “We don’t think on those lines when you are shooting. We are close friends and spend a lot of time together. But it is an individual sport.”
India were handed a major medal boost in shooting as Ravi Kumar and Deepak Kumar both reached the finals.
Ravi Kumar, who won India’s first medal in this year’s Asian Games with Apurvi Chandela in the mixed team event, finished 4th with 626.7 points while Deepak Kumar was 5th with 626.3 points.
On Day 1, Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar opened India’s medal account at the Asian Games 2018 as the duo claimed bronze in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event.
The duo aggregated 429.9 after 42 shots in the 48-shot final and were in second spot for major part of the 48-shot finals before China overtook them to take the silver.
“This bronze has come only because of Apurvi. The final was a disappointment after a decent qualification. We didn’t get enough time to train together,” he told PTI.
Kumar had earlier won team gold at the 2014 Asian Games and individual bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games while Chandela won gold in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
(With inputs from PTI)
First Published: Aug 20, 2018 08:45 IST