Shardul Vihaan, Ankita Raina Bag Medals On Day 5 At Asian Games - SportsGuru

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Shardul Vihaan, Ankita Raina Bag Medals On Day 5 At Asian Games

India bagged two medals on Day 5 of the Asian Games in Indonesia. Fifteen-year-old Shardul Vihan clinched silver in the men’s double trap shooting event becoming the youngest Indian shooter to win a medal at this year’s games. Ankita Raina emulated Sania Mirza, winning bronze in the single’s tennis category. She is the second Indian woman to win a Tennis medal at the Asian Games.

Shardul Vihaan was the youngest competitor when he stepped into the shooting range for the finals. The eventual winner, Hyunwoo Shin of Korea is 34 while the other five shooters were of ages 42, 38, 33 and 27. Shardul came one point behind the Korean, 73 to Shin’s 74. In the 80-shot finale, the Meerut lad held the lead for the first 36 shots. A PUB-G addict, the teenager played them with ease in the final rounds to hold on to his silver medal place.

Shardul took up the sport competitively at twelve-years-old in 2015. In this time, he has won the junior and senior events at the National Shooting Championship. With the double trap, not an Olympic sport anymore, the Asian medallist will now have to switch from double trap to a single trap shotgun.

Ankita Raina, the 25-year-old lost her semi-final match against world no.34 Zhang Shuai. In the 131-minute encounter, Ankita lost 4-6, 6-7 (6) to the Chinese.

Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan entered the men’s doubles final of the Asian Games. They will play their finals encounter on Friday against the pair of Bublik / Yevseyev. Prajnesh Gunneswaran when he outplayed Kwon Soonwoo of South Korea 6-7 (2), 6-4, 7-6 (8) in a marathon quarter-final lasting almost four hours.

In squash men’s singles, Saurav Ghosal will take on Indian Harinder Pal Sandhu in the quarter-final assuring India another medal at the games. India’s numero uno players Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa also reached the quarter-finals of the women’s singles event.

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