Heartbreak for Indian Shooters Ramita and Divyansh in Asian Games 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Event
Ramita Thapar and Divyansh Panwar narrowly miss bronze in a tense 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team shootout against Korea at the Asian Games.
In the Asian Games shooting competition held in Hangzhou, India’s Ramita Thapar and Divyansh Panwar faced a heartbreaking defeat in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event. Their journey to secure a bronze medal ended in disappointment as they lost to the Republic of Korea.
Ramita and Divyansh had a promising start in the bronze medal match. However, the Korean duo of Hajun Park and Eunseo Lee made a strong comeback, narrowly defeating the Indian pair with a score of 20-18 at the 10m shooting range in the Fuyang Yinhu Sports Centre.
The Indian shooters came very close to victory, losing by a mere 0.2 points. Despite their strong performance in the qualifying rounds, they had to settle for fourth place. They had previously fought their way into the top six, earning them a spot in one of the two bronze medal matches.
In the one-on-one duels, the Indian duo took an early lead with an 8-0 score after winning the first four series of two shots each. However, the Korean team steadily closed the gap and leveled the scores at 15-15. The competition remained intense until 18-18 when the Koreans won the critical two-shot series with a score of 21.5 to 21.3, securing their victory.
Although the 19-year-old Ramita displayed outstanding shooting skills, consistently achieving scores of 10+, two below-par shots by Divyansh (9.9 and 9.8) dashed their hopes of winning the bronze medal for India in the Asian Games shooting competition.
Ramita had already earned two medals in the tournament – a silver in the women’s 10m Air Rifle Team event and a bronze in the 10m Air Rifle Individual event. Meanwhile, Divyansh Panwar contributed to the Men’s team’s victory, securing India’s first gold medal in the 10m Air Rifle Team event.
The gold medal in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event went to the Chinese pair of Yuting Huang and Lihao Sheng, while Kazakhstan secured the other bronze medal by defeating Iran in the competition.