He is in 9th standard, just 15 years old and already an Asian Games silver medallist. Indian double trap shooter Shardul Vihan joined the likes of Lakshay Sheoran and Saurabh Chaudhary as the latest Indian teenage shooter on the podium at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.
Uttar Pradesh teenager Vihan shot 73 to claim the silver medal, while Korea’s 34-year-old Shin Hyunwoo clinched the gold with a score of 74. He became the third Indian to medal in the double trap event at the Asian Games. Ronjan Sodhi won gold in 2010 while Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore won silver in 2006.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished the 15 year old shooter for striking silver in the mens double trap final. He tweeted…
The laurels from shooting continue to pour in. The talented Shardul Vihan wins the Silver in the Double Trap event. At the age of 15, Shardul has achieved historic successes and I am sure he will continue to excel in the coming years. Congratulations to him! #AsianGames2018
Union Sports Minister COl Rajyavardhan Rathore congragulated Shardul on the big win. He tweeted..
WHAT A STAR! At 15 YEARS, Shardul Vihan, one of our youngest in #AsianGames2018, has made us immensely proud with a silver in Double Trap Shooting. His prowess convinces me that the future of Indian sports is in VERY safe hands! #KheloIndia #IndiaAtAsianGames @asiangames2018
Indian tennis player Ankita Raina settled for a bronze medal at the Asian Games after losing to China’s Zhang Shuai in the women’s singles semifinal.
Ankita lost 4-6, 6-7 in a gruelling contest that lasted a little over two hours. With Thursday’s bronze, the 25-year-old Ankita became only the second Indian woman to have her name in the Asian Games’ singles medallists list in Tennis.
Meanwhile, the Indian men’s doubles team of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan registered a hard-fought victory to enter the final. Bopanna and Sharan were made to work hard for an hour and 12 minutes by the Japanese duo of Kaito Uesugi and Sho Shimabukuro before grinding out a 4-6, 6-3, 10-8 win. The final spot assures India a silver medal.
India assured of a medal in men’s singles as Prajnesh Gunneswaran defeated Kwon Soon-woo 6-7, 6-4, 7-6 to reach the semifinals.
In Kabaddi Indian eves have stormed into the final. India beat Chinese Taipei 27-14 to reach the Team Finals.
But it was curtains for Mens Kabbadi team. Seven-time champion India failed to reach the Asian Games men’s kabaddi final for the first time after a shock 18-27 loss to Iran in the semifinals.
India, who had won the men’s kabaddi gold in all the earlier seven Asian Games after the sport was introduced in 1990 in Beijing, produced the worst ever show in the continental mega multi-sporting event.