Indian shooting contingent return with best-ever medal haul from Asian Games 2023
India’s previous best performance in shooting was in the 2006 edition in Doha.
The contingent of Indian shooters, comprising 33 individuals, achieved remarkable success at the ongoing Asian Games 2023. They secured a total of 22 medals, including seven gold, nine silver and six bronze medals.
India surpassed its previous highest medal count in the Asian Games during the Doha 2006 edition, with the shooters earning a total of 14 coveted medals. Since 1958, when shooting was included as a discipline in the Asian Games, India had amassed an impressive tally of 58 medals, including nine gold till the commencement of 2023 Asian Games.
With the inclusion of 22 more medals in their kitty, India’s medal tally in shooting at Asian Games has reached a remarkable height of 80 medals with 15 gold medals. The medal proceedings commenced with a silver medal being awarded to the women’s 10m Air Rifle team, comprising Ramita Jindal, Mehuli Ghosh, and Ashi Chouksey, on September 24th.
Soon after, Ramita Jindal made history by becoming the first individual shooting medalist at the Asian Games 2023, securing the bronze in the 10m Individual Air Rifle event. Two of the six gold medals have been secured in individual events by Palak Gulia and Sift Kaur in the 10m Air pistol and 50m Rifle 3 Positions, respectively. with remaining four medals have been achieved in team events.
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Esha Singh along with Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar bagged the most number of medals to their name. While Esha clinched three silvers and one gold medal, Aishwary secured two golds, one silver and one bronze medal.
Apart from Aishwary, Sarabjot Singh, Shiva Narwal, Arjun Singh Cheema, Divyansh Singh Panwar, Rudrankksh Balasaheb Patil, Swapnil Kusale, Akhil Sheoran, Kynan Darius Chenai, Prithviraj Tondaiman and Zoravar Singh Sandhu have also bagged gold in their respective team events.
In the women’s division, aside from the individual gold medals, Rhythm Sangwan, Manu Bhaker, and Esha Singh have achieved a gold medal in the Women’s 25m Pistol Team event.
Among all the medalists, 17 years old Palak Gulia is the youngest to be bestowed with a medal. In the list of silver medals, Anantjeet Singh and Esha Singh are the only individual medalist and in the bronze division Ramita Jindal, Ashi Chouksey and Kynan Darius Chenai are the two shooters who have bagged the title individually.
Sarabjot Singh and Divya Ts are the only pair to clinch a medal in mixed division as they got a silver in mixed team 10m Air Pistol event.