Asian Games 2023: Ramita wins India’s first individual medal, claims 10m Air Rifle bronze
She also won silver in team event of the same discipline along with Mehuli Ghosh and Ashi Chouksey.
India’s young sensation Ramita Jindal bagged a bronze medal in the 10m Air Rifle women’s individual event at Asian Games 2023 after leading India to a silver in the team event earlier today. The World No. 11 ranked shooter came into Asian Games 2023 high on confidence on the backdrop of a brilliant 2022. She showed why she has been rated highly among the experts.
Ramita faced stiff competition from South Korea’s Lee Eunseo as she was in the top-three right through the event. But when it mattered the most, Lee succumbed to pressure and squandered her lead. She was eventually eliminated after 18 shots leaving the Indians and the Chinese to fight for the medals.
It was up to the two Indians to stay alive in the event. And it was the 19-year-old Ramita who held the nerve to move ahead of her senior compatriot Mehuli Ghosh, who made a comeback to finish fourth after a disappointing start. The 22-year-old Ghosh was in the latter half in the initial rounds but improved her precision to slowly move ahead. But it wasn’t enough for her to grab the medal.
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The gold and silver medals went to the Chinese duo of Huang Yuting and Han Jiayu respectively. They started off the first round by taking the lead earlier. Jiayu slipped off to the fifth spot with a couple of scores less than 10 in the second round. But she came roaring back to secure her second place after 15 shots. It went down to the wire in the final stages of the event.
Jiayu and Ramita were tied at 219.7 when they shot for the silver medal and the Chinese was up to the mark with a score of 10.5 to Ramita’s 10.3. On the other hand, Yuting kept the lead going as if she was destined to take the gold as her precision never slipped away. With a cool and calm demeanor, the Chinese won the gold with total points of 252.7 which is a new World record.