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Asian Games 2018: Shooter Lakshay Sheoran wins Silver in Men's Trap event

Lakshay got 43 points to finish second behind Chinese Taipei's Kunpi Yang, who equalled the world record score of 48.

Reported by: Agencies, New Delhi [ Updated: August 20, 2018 18:13 IST ]
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Shooter Lakshay in action during Asian Games 2018

India's shooter Lakshay Sheoran won the silver medal by finishing second, while compatriot Manavjit Singh Sandhu finished fifth in the men's trap final at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia on Monday.

The 20-year-old, who had finished fourth in the qualification round, got 43 points to finish second behind Chinese Taipei's Kunpi Yang, who equalled the world record score of 48.

AHN Daemyeong of South Korea won the bronze medal with 30 points, four ahead of Indian veteran Manavjit who had topped the two-phased qualification.

Daemyeong went out of the competition after 40 shots, getting 30 points, while till then Lakshay and Kunpi headed into the final 10-pointer round with 34 and 38 respectively.

However, it was likely that Kunpi would go on to win the gold medal having a four-point gap over the Indian. 

Kunpi, 20, didn't miss any shot as he charged his way to the title with a joint world record score, while Lakshay missed a shot in the 49th spot.

The Indian missed the first stroke. But he made a strong comeback to hit 17 strokes in a row. But he fumbled in the 19th, 21st and 22nd shots to blow his chances.

He then got back his momentum and was spot on for nine consecutive strikes before flunking the 32nd and 33rd which proved to be costly.

Kunpi, who was sixth to make it to the six-man final, produced a stunning final performance during which he missed only two shots -- 13th and 23rd.

Eum Jiwon of South Korea and Hagen Alexander Topacio finished fifth and sixth respectively in the six-man final.

Lakshay's medal was India's fourth medal at the Games. Of the other three, one has come from wrestling and two from shooting.

"Since childhood I liked guns and rifles. I used to try it with my father. But when I decided to pursue shooting seriously, he was not very sure about it. I am sure he is proud of me now," said the shooter from Jeend in Haryana.

Shotgun coach Mansher Singh said Lakshay was on the junior programme but was fast-tracked into the senior team. But fearing he would feel the pressure in a big event, Mansher kept him away from the crowd at the Games Village and Lakshay was only confined to his room. In the end, it all worked well for the second year college student.

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