Veteran shooter Rahi Sarnobat became the first Indian woman to win an individual gold medal in shooting in Asian Games history when she won her shoot-off by one point in the thrilling final of the 25m pistol event on Wednesday.
Rahi edged Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon by a solitary point in the second shoot-off after both shooters were tied on 34 points after the regulation time and again tied after the first shoot-off.
Meanwhile, Rahi’s compatriot Manu Bhaker got eliminated after finishing sixth. The 16-year-old had shot a Games Record total of 593 to top qualifying, whereas Rahi was 7th with 580
This Gold has come after months of gruelling hard work.
I want to thank @OGQ_India for believing in me and supporting me through the years and my coach #munkhbayardorjsuren who has worked equally hard for my medal.#india #goldforindia 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳
— Rahi Sarnobat OLY (@SarnobatRahi) August 22, 2018
Rahi started the final with a perfect series, leading the way with 10 out of 10. Later she shot another perfect series to take a two-points lead at the top. Rahi missed her first shot on her 12th attempt.
With this win, Rahi Sarnobat becomes first Indian woman to win a shooting gold at
In the next round of shooting Rahi extended her lead with another perfect set, while Yangpaiboon trailed by three points.