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Abhinav Bindra shoots gold at the 8th Asian Air Gun Championships

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 27 September 2015, 17:37 IST

Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra did the country proud by winning the gold medal on the opening day of the 8th Asian Air Gun Championship in New Delhi on 27 September. The Indian shot 208.8 points to finish on top in the 10-metre air rifle event.

London Games bronze medallist Gagan Narang and Chain Singh finished fourth and sixth respectively in the same event at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range. All the three Indian shooters have secured quota places for next year's Rio Olympics.

The second day of the tournament will see the likes of Apurvi Chandela in action in women's 10-metre air rifle. While Chandela has already earned an Olympic quota, the others are working hard towards their stated goal.

Besides Bindra and Narang, the country's other top shooters such as Vijay Kumar, Jitu Rai, Henna Sidhu and Ayonika Paul will be competing in the tournament.

The Indian stars will be up against the likes of world number 5 in men's 10m air pistol, Vladimir Issachenko of Kazakhstan and world number 6 in women's 10m air rifle, Elaheh Ahmadi of Iran.

A total of 180 shooters from 14 Asian countries will be participating in the four-day competition, with hosts India fielding the largest squad of 56 shooters across the senior, youth and junior segments.

First published: 27 September 2015, 17:37 IST