China’s Meng and Di win mixed skeet gold after a thrilling final
November 13 2019 01:34 AM
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Mixed skeet team gold medallist Wei Meng and Jin Di (centre) of China, runner-up India’s Ganemat Sekhon and Angad Vir Singh Bajwa (left) and bronze medal winners Japan’s Naoko Ishihara and Hiroyuki Ikawa pose on the podium during the 14th Asian Shooting Championships at the Lusail Shooting Complex. PICTURES: Nasar T K

By Sports Repoter/Doha

China dominated the penultimate day of the 14th Asian Shooting Championships by winning three gold medals at the Lusail Shooting Complex. Wei Meng and Jin Di won the mixed team skeet final, while Yang Zeng triumphed in the women’s 10m running target mixed event. In the Junior women’s 10m air rifle, Yan Jinjing won gold.
In an thrilling mixed team skeet final, Meng Wei and Ji Din edged out India’s Ganemat Sekhon and Angad Vir Singh Bajwa 36-33. 
In the qualifications, Meng and Ji scored 73 and 72 respectively, while the Indian pair scored 73 each book their berth in the gold match as the top seed. Bajwa had won gold gold and Olympic quota in men’s skeet on Sunday. The bronze medal match saw Japan’s Naoko Ishihara and Hiroyuki Ikawa overcame Kazakhstan’s Olga Panarina and Vladislav Mukhamediyev 35-33.
South Korea’s Park Daehun won the men’s 50m pistol with a total of 567 points. India’s Gaurav Rana finished second with 562 points, while compatriot Arjun Singh Cheema came third with 560. The Indian duo were level on scores heading into the final round and trailed leader Park by three, making it a tense finale. The Korean shooter scored 96 in the final round which was enough to win the gold medal, whereas Rana and Cheema managed 93 and 91 respectively, and had to settle for the second and third spot.
Meanwhile, teenager Dhanush Srikanth made his junior India debut count in glorious fashion, gunning down a double gold by winning both the individual and team 10m air rifle men junior competitions.
Srikanth first qualified for the finals with a relatively modest 625.3, but then won the gold with a 248.2 in the eight-man 24-shot final, leaving silver winner Jiang Xuanle of China a whole 2.5 points behind. Another Indian Shahu Tushar Mane won the bronze with a finals score of 226.4, after topping the qualification round with 629.3. The third Indian Hriday Hazarika, who also reached the finals finishing eighth in qualification with 622.5, managed an overall seventh place finish. The trio had earlier secured the team gold with their qualification round exploits totalling 1877.1, ahead of silver winning China and bronze winning Korea.
In the junior women’s air rifle, India’s Shreya Agrawal topped the qualification with 632 points, but had to settle for silver, coming second to China’s Yan Jinjing in the final. Jinjing shot 251.8 to Shreya’s 250.6 in the final. Khushi Saini also won individual bronze for India in the event with a finals score of 228.8. The trio of Shreya, Khushi and Aakriti Dahiya had earlier combined for a team bronze in the event with a total of 1877.1. China won the gold with a new world and Asian record score of 1882.4. 
In the men’s 10m running target mixed event, Pak Myong Won led a North Korean one-two finish with a total of 382 points.  Kwon Kwang Il was the runner-up after defeating Kazakhstan’s Bakhtiyar Ibrayev 17-16 in a shoot-off, with both having ended on 381 points. 
A total of 38 quota places for next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo were distributed during the Asian Shooting Championships. The most went to India with six, while Japan and Thailand took five ahead of Iran with four. Qatar won a quota in trap. The other 18 were split between a further 11 countries.

The results:
Mixed team Skeet: 1. China (Wei Meng, Jin Di) 36 (145); 2. India (Ganemat Sekhon, Angad Vir Singh Bajwa) 33 (146); 3. Japan 35 (144); 4. Kazakhstan 33 (144)
Men’s 50m free pistol: 1. Park Daehun (Kor) 567; 2. Gaurav Rana 562 (Ind); 3. Arjun Singh Cheema 560 (Ind). 
Team: 1. Korea 1672; 2. China 1659; 3. India 1653.
Junior men’s 10m air rifle: 1. Dhanush Srikanth (Ind) 248.2 (625.3); 2. Jiang Xuanie (Chn) 245.7 (626.1); 3. Shahu Tushar Mane (Ind) 226.4 (629.3). 
Team: 1. India 1877.1; 2. China 1876.4; 3. Korea 1860.2.
50m free pistol: 1. Sung Yunho (Kor) 556; 2. Wang Zhehao (Chn) 546; 3. Peechnat Khlaisuban (Tha) 540
Team: 1. Korea 1632; 2. China 1597; 3. Thailand 1577; 4. India 1559.
Junior women’ s 10m air rifle: 1. Yan Jinjing (Chn) 251.8 (623.8); 2. Shreya Agrawal (Ind) 250.6 (632.1); 3. Khushi Saini 228.8 (628.3). 
Team: 1. China 1882.4 (WRJ); 2. India 1877.1; 3. Iran 1876.7.
25m sports pistol: 1. Zhou Hu (Chn) 35 (575); 2. Chen Jing (Chn) 32 (578); 3. Feng Sixuan (Chn) 27 (583)
Team: 1. China 1736 (WRJ); 2. Korea 1717; 3. India 1703.



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