Medallist Saurabh Chaudhary won a Gold medal at the recently concluded 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. After that he surpassed his own World Record to claim Gold in the 10m Air Pistol Men Junior podium at the ISSF World Shooting Championship in Changwon. While Korea’s Hojin Lim bagged second spot to claim silver, Arjun Singh Cheema of India bagged bronze. His score of 245.5 is new World Record in the junior category.
Saurabh reached the finals after securing third position in the qualification round with a score of 581. Throughout the final, Saurabh maintained an over 3 point lead against Korea’s Hojin Lim and eventually went on to better his own World Record despite failing to shoot a 10-pointer in his final attempt.
The were more than one reasons of celebration for India as fellow shooter Arjun Singh Cheema finished third to make the Bronze medal his own. Arjun’s final tally was of 218 points after he reached the medal round by finishing sixth in the qualification stage. Cheema came close to helping India secure a 1-2 at the event but 8.3 and 9.4 in the fifth elimination series saw him eventually finish third.
Earlier, the Indian team of Chaudhary, Cheema and Anmol Jain bagged a silver medal with a cumulative score of 1730 in the team event where Korea bagged the Gold medal with a new Junior World Record score of 1732. Russia completed the final podium spot to bag Bronze with a score of 1711.
In the recently concluded Asian Games in Indonesia, Chaudhary had bagged a Gold medal with an Asian Games record of 240.7 in the same 10m Air Pistol event. Chaudhary had beaten Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda (239.7) in a thrilling final which saw India’s Abhishek Verma finish with a Bronze medal while the Japanese Tomoyuki Matsuda ended second.