After a 16-year Saurabh Chaudhary's gold in the men's 10m air pistol event, it was now another teenage sensation, Shardul Vihan who won silver in the Men's double trap event in the 18th edition of the Asian Games in Jakarta. Against all the odds, Vihan was quite calm and confident as he ended up adding to India's silver medal tally, their fourth silver so far.
A 15-year-old wonder boy won a Silver medal in the Men's Double Trap #Shooting event today! The boy was #ShardulVihan who won #TeamIndia it's 4th Silver medal at #AsianGames2018! #WellDone @ShardulVihan 🇮🇳👏👏 The country is mighty proud of your achievement!#IAmTeamIndia pic.twitter.com/uy8K8s4tzA— Team India (@ioaindia) August 23, 2018
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The Sports Minister of India, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Olympic Gold Medalist Abhinav Bindra congratulated the teenager on his major achievement.
WHAT A STAR!— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 23, 2018
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 pic.twitter.com/nSh6K8mXto
So much to learn from Shardul Vihan’s pre shot routine. Well done and all the very very best for your career ahead.— Abhinav Bindra OLY (@Abhinav_Bindra) August 23, 2018
The Uttar Pradesh teenager Vihan shot 73 to claim the silver medal, while Korea's 34-year-old Shin Hyunwoo clinched the gold medal with a score of 74. Qatar's Al Marri Hamad Ali bagged the bronze after shooting 53 at the Jakabaring shooting range.
As a 14-year-old, Vihan had grabbed four gold medals at Shotgun Nationals Championship last year.
Coached by former Asian Championship double gold medallist Anwer Sultan, had finished a creditable sixth at the Junior World Championship in Moscow last year.
Earlier, on Day 5 of the Asian Games, Indian tennis player Ankita Raina settled for a bronze medal after losing to China's Zhang Shuai in the women's singles semifinal here today.
Ankita lost 4-6, 6-7 (6) in a gruelling contest that lasted a little over two hours.
India's best women's singles performance in the Games came from Saina Mirza, who notched up a silver in the 2006 edition in Doha, followed by a bronze by her in 2010, Guangzhou.
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