India’s Deepak Kumar have won the silverware in men’s 10m Air Rifle event, finishing second to China’s Haoran Yang, who successfully defended his title.
Deepak ended with a score of 247.7 while China’s Haoran Yang finished at a record 249.1. Chinese Taipei’s Shaochuan Lu shot 226.8 to bag the bronze medal. India’s Ravi Kumar who won bronze on Day 1in 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event with Apurvi Chandela ended fourth with 205.2.
This is India’s third medal at the ongoing Games and second in shooting.
Deepak Kumar’s coach Manoj Kumar is a big inspiration to him. He said, “”I was trailing also in the qualification. I just thought about his words. He often says ‘you have the potential and you know your limits’. Starting was not good, the middle was worse. So I just tried to stay calm.”
After beating his friend Ravi, Kumar said, “We don’t think on those lines when you are shooting. We are close friends and spend a lot of time together. But it is an individual sport.”
The 30 year old came into the Indian team only last year, having picked up shooting back in 2004. However, Deepak sees this medal only as the beginning.
Congratulatory Tweets :
Deepak Kumar’s tenacity and dedication towards shooting have brought wonderful results. He brings home a Silver in the 10m Air Rifle event at the @asiangames2018. Congratulations to him! #AsianGames2018
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 20, 2018
From a Gurukul in Dehradun to a 🥈 medallist at the #AsianGames2018 it's been a tremendous journey for Deepak Kumar. I congratulate him for his 🥈 medal winning shot in the 10m Air Rifle event. The nation is proud of him! 🇮🇳 @asiangames2018 #IndiaAtAsianGames pic.twitter.com/uJp5309jQr
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 20, 2018
A flying start for our Indian contingent 🇮🇳 at the #AsianGames2018. Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals hard won by our athletes. Heartiest congratulations to @BajrangPunia, #DeepakKumar & the mixed air rifle team, @ApurviChandela and #RaviKumar, on their respective medals. 🥇 🥈 🥉
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 20, 2018
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 20, 2018
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 20, 2018