NEW DELHI: Dominant India ends campaign 15th Asian Airgun Championship in Daegu, Korea, with a rich harvest of 25 gold medals, including the two available on the last day of Friday.
Manu Bhaker and Samra Rana won the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team Junior event while Rhythm Sangwan and Vijayveer Sidhu won the gold medal in the corresponding senior event.
In a show of complete dominance, India won 25 of the 28 events on the eight-day competition schedule.
Sangwan and Sidhu thoroughly defeated Valeriy Rakhimzhan and Irina Yunusmetova of Kazakhstan 17-3 in the Air Pistol Mixed Team Final. They had topped the qualifying round with a score of 579, with the Kazakhs finishing second with 577, setting up the gold medal clash.
A second Indian pair of Shiva Narwhal and Youvika Tomar also reached one of the bronze medal matches, finishing fourth in qualifying with a score of 573. They eventually lost 6-16 to the Korean pair and missed out on a medal.
In the Junior Air Pistol Mixed Team event, the Indian duo of Bhaker and Rana shot 578 in qualifying to finish second to Nigina Saidkulova and Mukhammad Kamalov of Uzbekistan, who shot 579.
However, the Indian duo turned the tables on Uzbeks in the final with a 17-3 landslide victory.
India’s second pair in the event, Sagar Dangi and Esha Singh, also featured in one of the two bronze medal matches, finishing third in qualifying with a score of 576.
However, they too lost a medal, losing 14-16 in a close match against Korean Lee Seungjun and Yang Jiin.

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