Asian Games 2018 : Deepak Kumar Wins Silver In Men’s 10 m Air Rifle

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India’s Deepak Kumar have won the silverware in men’s 10m Air Rifle event, finishing second to China’s Haoran Yang, who successfully defended his title.

Deepak ended with a score of 247.7 while China’s Haoran Yang finished at a record 249.1. Chinese Taipei’s Shaochuan Lu shot 226.8 to bag the bronze medal. India’s Ravi Kumar who won bronze on Day 1in  10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event with Apurvi Chandela ended fourth with 205.2.

This is India’s third medal at the ongoing Games and second in shooting.

Deepak Kumar’s coach Manoj Kumar is a big inspiration to him. He said, “”I was trailing also in the qualification. I just thought about his words. He often says ‘you have the potential and you know your limits’. Starting was not good, the middle was worse. So I just tried to stay calm.”

After beating his friend Ravi, Kumar said, “We don’t think on those lines when you are shooting. We are close friends and spend a lot of time together. But it is an individual sport.”

The 30 year old came into the Indian team only last year, having picked up shooting back in 2004. However, Deepak sees this medal only as the beginning.

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