New Delhi: Indian shooter Singhraj Adana secured a bronze medal in the P1 – Men’s 10m Air Pistol SH1 final at Asaka Shooting Range on Tuesday.
With this, the Indian shooting contingent clinched their second medal at the Tokyo Paralympics after the 19-year-old Avani Lekhara became the first woman from the country to win a gold medal yesterday.
Chao Yang from China created a Paralympic record with 237.9 points to win silver while another compatriot Xing Huang grabbed silver with 237.5 points.
Singhraj Adana started the better of the two Indians in the final as he was placed in the top 3 during the first 10 shots while amassing 99.6 points.
Manish who topped the qualification, had a very jittery start to the final as he gathered 97.2 in the 1st competition stage. In the second stage, he became the second competitor to be eliminated.
Adana meanwhile held his nerves better in the elimination round to see off a scare from the Chinese.
Taking his 19th shot Singhraj was dropped out of the medal position after he aimed 9.1 and with the 20th shot of 9.6, he got into the top three as Lou shot a very poor 8.6. In his last two shots, the Indian aimed at 10.0 and 10.0 but it was just not good enough to topple down the top two Chinese pair.
On Monday, Indian shooter Avani Lekhara scripted history as she became the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Paralympics, firing her way to the top of the podium in the R-2 women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 event.
The 19-year-old finished with a world record-equalling total of 249.6, which is also a new Paralympic record.
Lekhara is also the fourth Indian athlete to win a Paralympics gold after swimmer Murlikant Petkar (1972), javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia (2004 and 2016) and high jumper Thangavelu Mariyappan (2016).
(With ANI Inputs)