Asian Games: Sarabjot, Divya win silver for India in 10m air pistol Mixed Team shooting
Indian shooters Sarabjot Singh and Divya TS Divya clinched the silver medal in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team event at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.
In the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team shooting event at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, India’s Sarabjot Singh and Divya TS Divya delivered a stellar performance to secure a silver medal. The Indian duo initially topped the field in the qualifying round but were ultimately defeated by China’s Bowen Zhang and Ranxin Jiang, settling for the silver medal.
Sarabjot Singh, who had already won the gold medal in the Men’s 10m Air Pistol Team event, exhibited superb form in the qualifying round, amassing a score of 291 out of a possible 300. Divya TS Divya, who had claimed a silver medal in the Women’s 10m Air Pistol Team competition, posted a score of 286 in the qualifying round. Together, they led the standings with a combined score of 577, with China closely trailing at 576 points.
However, in the final showdown, the Chinese team managed to turn the tables on the Indian shooters, mounting a comeback to secure a 16-14 victory and the coveted gold medal.
In the final, which required the first team to reach 16 points, the Indian pair jumped to an early 4-0 lead by winning the initial two rounds. They scored 19.8 and 20.0, while the Chinese duo recorded 19.7 and 19.5 in the first two series of two shots each.
The third round saw the teams tied at 19.3 points before the Chinese gained two points by winning the fourth round. The Indians secured the following round, making it 7-3 in their favor.
Nevertheless, China rallied, clinching the next two rounds to level the scores at 7-7. The Indian duo once again surged ahead by winning the subsequent two rounds, but China managed to secure three consecutive rounds, setting up a neck-to-neck battle.
In the final moments, a couple of shots scoring 9.3 and 9.5 hindered the progress of the Indian team, resulting in their 16-14 defeat. Sarabjot Singh’s final shot scored 9.9.
Both Sarabjot and Divya expressed satisfaction with their performance and the determination they displayed in the final.
Divya shared her thoughts after the final, stating, “It does feel good. We did a great job today. Thanks to my teammate as well. We gave it our best. I like the way I fought well in the finals. I really loved my shooting today, from my first shot to my last shot.”
When asked about his score of 9.9 in the final shot, the 22-year-old Sarabjot Singh mentioned, “I was a little bit nervous. There was too much shooting pressure.”