Arjun and Tilottama Secure Paris Olympic Quotas at Asian Shooting Championships
Arjun and Tilottama win silver at Asian Shooting Championships, securing Paris 2024 Olympic quotas. India’s shooting success continues.
Indian marksmen Arjun Babuta and Tilottama Sen have clinched Paris 2024 Olympic quota spots by winning silver medals in the 10m air rifle events at the Asian Shooting Championships.
India has now secured a total of 10 Olympic quota places in shooting, including the maximum allocation of two positions for each gender in the 10m air rifle discipline. Previously, Rudrankksh Patil secured a quota place in the men’s air rifle event, while Mehuli Ghosh achieved the same in the women’s air rifle category.
In the men’s 10m air rifle final, Arjun Babuta scored 251.2, earning him second place behind China’s Sheng Lihao, the silver medalist from the Tokyo Olympics, who scored 252.1. Japan’s Naoya Okada secured the bronze with a score of 230.6.
Another Indian, Divyansh Singh Panwar, finished fourth with a total of 209.6.
During the qualification round, 24-year-old Arjun led with a score of 633.4, while Divyansh finished third with 632.3 points, and Hriday Hazarika finished 21st with 626.7 points.
Furthermore, in the men’s 10m air rifle team event, the trio of Arjun, Divyansh, and Hriday won the gold medal with a combined score of 1892.4, outperforming China.
In the women’s 10m air rifle final, 15-year-old Tilottama Sen secured silver after finishing sixth in the qualification round with 630.5 points. She shot 252.3 in the final.
South Korea’s Eunji Kwon won the gold with a score of 252.4, while India’s Ramita, who scored 629.5 in qualifying, clinched bronze with 230.6 points.
Elavenil Valarivan scored 631.5 in qualifying to finish third, while Nancy finished seventh with 630.3 points. Both were participating for ranking points only (RPO).
In the women’s 10m rifle team event, the trio of Tilottama, Ramita Jindal, and Shriyanka Sadangi secured the bronze with a combined total of 1886.2 points, behind China and Singapore.
Meanwhile, the Indian pair of Anantjeet Singh Naruka and Darshna Rathore secured a gold medal in the mixed team skeet event, defeating Kuwait 40-37 in the gold medal playoff.
The Asian Shooting Championships provide qualification opportunities for the Paris 2024 Olympics, with a total of 24 Olympic quota places available.
In each of the 12 Olympic shooting events, the top two finishers (one per country) secure coveted spots for their respective national teams.