Indian shooters continued their medal-winning run at the ongoing 2018 Youth Olympic games in Argentina with young sensation Saurabh Chaudhary clinching the gold medal in the 10m air pistol event on Wednesday.
After Manu Bhaker won the Gold, it was time for another marksman to shoot his way to glory. Chaudhary shot 244.2 to ensure a finish on top of the podium eclipsing South Korea’s Sung Yunho by 7.5 points (236.7). Switzerland’s Solari Jason stood third with 215.6. This is India’s third gold medal at the event and the fourth medal overall for the shooting contingent.
The 16-year-old from Meerut came into the event after an outstanding 2018 Asian Games and Junior ISSF World Championship where he clinched gold. He had a brilliant qualifying round topping the points chart with the score of 580 out of 600 points. In the finals, he began on the front foot and maintained a healthy lead of four points over his rivals consistently. Despite four scores of under 10 to start with, Chaudhary managed to stay ahead and then extended his domination with scores of 10.7 10.4 10.4 and 10.0. He continued to lead the pack as the finals entered the elimination stage.