Astana, August 12: Indian shooter Maheshwari Chauhan has made whole countrymen proud after on clinching a bronze medal at the Asian Shotgun Championship which is being held in Astana, Kazakhstan. Notably, Maheshwari Chauhan becomes first Indian women to earn a medal at a top international competition since 2009.
Reputations held as Maheshwari bowed out in third place with a score of 40 while China’s Meng won gold shooting 55 and Sutiya claimed silver finishing a point behind Meng. Rashmmi also put up a spirited display to finish fourth with a score of 32.
However, Maheshwari didn’t stop earning a bronze medal in the individual round but also she led India to the team silver along with compatriots Rashmmi Rathore and Saniya Sheikh. The trio shot a total of 190, finishing behind Gold medalists China, who shot 195. Hosts Kazakhstan won the bronze shooting 185.
India’s day was all about Maheshwari though, when she shot 68 out of 75 earlier in the day to finish on top of the qualification pile of 22-shooters. She led a group of six shooters into the final round. Among them was teammate Rashmmi Rathore who qualified sixth with a score of 64.
It was a quality top six in the final rounds having the likes of Olympic finalists and World Cup Gold medalists Meng Wei of China and Sutiya Jiewchaloemmit of Thailand among others. Meng is currently ranked four in the world while Sutiya is ranked fifth.
Interestingly, India started day five with four medals in the kitty, thanks to Ankur Mittals’s double gold effort in the men’s double trap and Kynan Chenai’s double bronze effort in the trap shooting events. India’s tally at the event now stands at two gold, a silver and three bronze medals.