India Aims to Shine in Pistol Events as Asian Para Games Shooting Competitions Commence

The Shooting Para-sport events at the Asian Para Games 2022 in Hangzhou commence, with India’s focus on pistol events.

A constellation of exceptional athletes will endeavor to exhibit their prowess as the Shooting Para-sport events kick off at the Asian Para Games 2022 in Hangzhou on October 23.

The Shooting Para-sport competitions, spanning five days, will witness 101 athletes representing 17 nations competing for top honors in 13 medal events at the Fuyang Yinhu Sports Centre in Hangzhou.

While China and the Republic of Korea are expected to dominate the competitions, emerging stars from countries like India have the potential to spring surprises.

At the 2018 Indonesia Games, China led the medals table with 13 medals, including three golds, followed by Korea and Iran.

In the pistol events, Team India will be in the spotlight following their impressive performance by the younger talents at the recent Lima 2023 World Championships.

Paralympic champion Manish Narwal, who claimed his first World Championships title in P1 – Men’s 10m Air Pistol SH1, returned to winning ways after his remarkable feat in Tokyo 2020.

Although the 16-year-old Rudransh Khandelwal finished fifth in the same event, he secured silver in P4 – Mixed 50m Pistol SH1, his first medal in a major championship.

The young Indian shooters will face formidable opponents, including China’s Yang Chao, Huang Xing, and Kim Jungnam of the Republic of Korea, who finished second to Narwal in the World Championship.

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China’s Paralympic stars Cuiping Zhang, Dong Chao, Yang Chao, and Huang Xing aim to secure victories in front of their home fans.

Zhang displayed excellent form by clinching gold in the R10 – mixed team 10m air rifle standing SH1 at the Lima 2023 World Shooting Para Sport Championships last month.

In the R1 men’s 10m air rifle, Dong will face strong competition from United Arab Emirates’ Paralympic star Abdullah Sultan Alaryani and Republic of Korea’s seasoned star Park Jin-ho, who recently won a World title.

In the R1 women’s event, China’s Yixin Zhong seeks to repeat her surprise victory at the Lima 2023 World Shooting Para Sport Championships. However, Tokyo 2020 Paralympic champion Avani Lekhara is poised to challenge for her first Asian Para Games gold.

Thailand also anticipates earning medals, especially after their women shooters secured quota places for the Paris 2024 Paralympics during the impressive results in Lima.

In women’s pistol events, Iran’s Paralympic champion Sareh Javanmardi will be a top contender. Javanmardi, who recently became a mother, aspires to win in front of her newborn. She will also compete in the 50m mixed pistol event to defend her title.

Shooting Para Sport, included in the Paralympic program since the 1976 Toronto Games, has been featured in the previous three editions of the Asian Para Games and is expected to be one of the highly competitive sports in the current edition.

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