Sift Kaur Samra registered a record Gold in the women's individual 50m rifle event on Wednesday, September 27. She registered the best hit of 469.6, a new world record, to boost India to their fifth Gold medal in the Hangzhou Games. Ashiu Chouksey also finished third to clinch a Bronze in the same event to claim her medal of the day.
Earlier today, both Sift and Ashi were on the target to give India a Silver in the team's 50m 3P event to qualify for the individual round. India also claimed the Gold in the women's team 25m pistol event to take their total medal tally to 18 in the ongoing edition.
Indian shooters are off to a sensational start in the Hangzhou Games with eight medals on Wednesday. But Samra rose the highest to give India their first individual Gold in the 19th Asiad. She pulled off a dominant performance to beat the silver medalist the current world champion Zhang Qiongyue by 7.3 points.
Samra also broke the world record with a score of 496.6 in the women's 50m Position 3 event. She shattered Seonaid McIntosh's previous best by 2.6 points.
The 22-year-old shooter from Punjab is enjoying terrific form in 2023 as she secured India a quota in the Paris Olympics 2024 after finishing fifth in the Baku World Championships in August. She also claimed a Bronze medal in the 50m rifle 3P during the ISSF World Cup event and Gold in the FISU World University Games this year.