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Posted at: Oct 11, 2018, 1:40 AM; last updated: Oct 11, 2018, 1:40 AM (IST)

Chaudhary checks another box

Shoots gold at Youth Olympics after winning at Asiad and junior Worlds earlier this year
Chaudhary checks another box
Saurabh Chaudhary led from start to finish, giving little chance to his opponents to catch up with him. Twitter

Buenos Aires, October 10

Saurabh Chaudhary gunned down the men’s 10m air pistol gold to cap off the Indian shooting team’s campaign at the Youth Olympics.

The 16-year-old dominated the final, shooting 244.2 to finish on top of the podium ahead of South Korea’s Sung Yunho (236.7). Switzerland’s Solari Jason bagged the bronze with 215.6. The Indian had a staggering 18 shots of 10 or above in the eight-man finals. Chaudhary, an Asian Games and Junior ISSF World Championship gold medallist, also topped the qualifying with 580.

Hailing from Kalina village near Meerut, Chaudhary led from start to finish, a day after another 16-year-old, Manu Bhaker, won the women’s pistol event.

Despite four under-10 shots 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. 

Chaudhary led at the end of Stage 1 despite four under-10 shots. While a high 10.8 was his best in the first series, in the second series of the first stage, he had four scores of 10 or above, including a 10.7.

Slow start

Chaudhary had a slow start in qualifying as well and was briefly placed 11th in the 20-man field before he stamped his class. After a slow start in the finals, he found his rhythm, opening up a lead of 0.8 after five shots, 2.9 after 10 shots, five points after the 18th shot and eventually finishing 7.5 points clear of the silver winner.

This was India’s fourth podium from shooting in four days. Manu and Chaudhary won gold medals, while Shahu Mane and Mehuli Ghosh won silver medals.

Archana loses in semis

Archana Kamath’s stunning run in the table tennis competition at the Youth Olympics ended with a loss in the semifinals here on Wednesday. She went down 1-4 against the second seed from China, Yingsha Sun, in a tense encounter. Archana is still in the running for the bronze medal though; she will take on Romania’s Andreea Dragoman, who lost in the other semifinal, in the bronze-medal match. The 18-year-old from Karnataka had created history in the morning when she became the first Indian paddler ever to enter the semifinals of the Youth Olympics. She defeated Azerbaijan’s Ning Jing 4-3 to achieve this feat.

Women’s hockey team loses to Argentina    

The Indian women’s hockey team lost 5-2 to hosts Argentina in its fourth match of the five-a-side competition. India, who had hammered Vanuatu 16-0 on Tuesday, suffered their first defeat of the tournament. The team will next face South Africa on Thursday. — Agencies

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