India opened its account in the 18th Asian Games with Ravi Kumar and Apurvi Chandela winning the bronze medal in the 10 meter mixed air rifle event on Sunday. The duo of Kumar and Chandela finished third on the podium with a score of 429.9.
Chinese Taipei claimed gold with 494.1 with a Games record while China bagged silver with 492.5 points. The mixed team event, the latest addition in the Asian Games events, was tested for the first time in 2017 and will also be a part of the next Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. Chandela-Kumar qualified for the final in second place after shooting a score of 835.3 in the qualification round.
Earlier in the year, Chandela and Ravi Kumar competed in the first ISSF World Cup in Mexico as a team and they ended up topping the qualification rounds, shooting a total of 837.9 points. Both Chandela and Kumar had earlier won bronze in the individual categories of the 10m air rifle event at the Commonwealth Games — and would look to add a second medal to their names in the individual rounds in the upcoming days at the Asian Games as well.
Meanwhile, it was bad news for India in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team event as Manu Bhaker and Abhishek Verma narrowly missed out on a spot in the medal clash. The duo finished sixth with 759 points and although they were tied with Kazakhstan, Bhaker and Verma were beaten on the inner 10s.