Indian shooter Mehuli Ghosh competes in the qualification of 10M air rifle in the 19th Asian Games at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium, in Hangzhou, China. Pic/PTI
Indian shooters opened their account at the Asian Games 2023, bagging the women's team silver in the 10m air rifle event here on Sunday.
Experienced Mehuli Ghosh, Ramita Jindal and Ashi Chouksey's combined score of 1,886.0 earned them the second spot behind hosts China, who smashed the Asian record with an amazing 1896.6 points.
India could be in line for a women's 10m air rifle individual medal as well, as Mehuli and Ramita also reached the eight-shooter final, which will be held later in the day.
In the qualification round, Ramita, just 19 years of age, finished second scoring 631.9 while Mehuli was fourth with a score of 630.8 points.
All three Chinese Chinese shooters -- Han Jiayu, Huang Yuting and Wang Zhilin -- entered the final, while South Korea's Lee Eunseo, Mongolia's Ganhuyag Nandinzaya and Chinese Taipei's Chen Chi were the other three shooter to make the eight-team final.
The team medals in shooting are decided on the combined scores of a country's shooters in the qualification round.
Meanwhile, Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh clinched India's second silver medal in the tournament after finishing marginally behind China in the final of the men's rowing lightweight double sculls on Sunday. The Indians, who finished 11th in the Tokyo Olympics, went on to upset the odds, to seal their place on the podium.
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Chinese pair of Fan Junjie and Sun Man secured the top spot by clocking 6:23.16s. With this China have already secured a second gold in the Asian Games. Uzbekistan settled for a bronze medal by clocking 6:33.42s.
(With agency inputs)