Five medals for India on day one

India started with a bang at the 10th Asian Airgun Shooting championships, collecting five medals on the opening day but Olympic bronze-medallist Gagan Narang missed out on an individual podium finish in Wako City, Japan.

Ravi Kumar won an individual bronze in the men's 10M air rifle while Arjun Babuta won individual a silver in the corresponding junior men's event. India also bagged three team silver medals in each of the three air rifle events.

India had seven individual finalists across the three events held on Friday.

Deepak Kumar led the Indian charge into the finals of the Men's 10M air rifle, shooting 627.5 after the regulation 60 shots, to qualify fourth out of eight finalists.

Ravi, with 624.6 finished sixth, while Narang, making a return into the event after a break, shot 624.5 to qualify in seventh place. The top three slots went to the Chinese with Cao Yifei, recording the highest score of 629.2.

In the finals, Ravi started strong along with Chinese Song Buhan, while Deepak, after an initial flurry, faded away to finish fifth on a score of 185.

From the 10th shot onwards of the 24-shot final, Song led the field along with countryman Cao Yifei in second and Ravi in third and it stayed that way till the end.

Song ended with 250.2 to win gold, Cao with 248.6 for silver and Ravi finished with 225.7 for bronze.

Narang was consistent throughout the final and finished fourth with 205.6. The trio also combined for the team silver medal with a total of 1876.6, ahead of Japan (1866.7) and behind China (1885.9)

In the junior men's 10M air rifle, Arjun Babuta shot consistently to win a silver behind rising Chinese star Yukun Liu, a reigning junior world champion.

Arjun finished just 0.1 point behind Liu in the final. The other Indian in the final Tejas Krishna Prasad was eliminated in seventh position. However, the duo combined with Sunmoon Singh Brar to bag the Team Silver medal with a combined score of 1867.5.

In the women's 10M air rifle, Anjum Moudgil and Meghana Sajjanar made it to the finals, shooting scores of 417.5 and 415.9 to qualify in second and fourth positions respectively.

Pooja Ghatkar, the third Indian in the fray, shot 413.6 to finish 11th. Anjum thereafter missed a medal by a whisker, getting beaten in a shoot-off to determine third place, to Singapore's Tan Qian Xiu Adele.

Anjum shot 207.6 in the final, while Meghana Sajjanar finished sixth shooting 163.4. Both won the Team Silver in the event along with Pooja, logging a combined total of 1247 to finish behind China.

Another rising Chinese star Shi Mengyao won the individual event with a score of 251 from team-mate Ruozhu Zao who shot 250.2. Singapore's Tan won Bronze with a score of 228.2.

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