Manish Narwal Wins Gold, Singhraj Adhana Silver in Shooting at Tokyo Paralympics
Singhraj Adhana (left) and Manish Narwal on the podium at the Tokyo Paralympics.
Manish Narwal clinched India's third gold at the Tokyo Paralympics in the P4 Mixed 50m Pistol SH1 event. Singhraj Adhana bagged the silver to add to a bronze he won earlier.
The 19-year-old Narwal shot 218.2 in the final, a Paralympic Games record, to claim gold while Adhana, who won bronze in the P1 men's 10m air pistol SH1 event on Tuesday, added a silver to his kitty with 216.7.
Russian Olympic Committee's Sergey Malyshev won bronze with a score of 196.8.
Narwal, the Sydney 2019 World Championship bronze medallist, overcame a competitive field that included Paralympic and world champions Iran's Sareh Javanmardi and Ukraine's Oleksii Denysiuk, to win the top prize.
The victory is a comeback in a way for Narwal after the setback he suffered in the P1-10m Air Pistol SH1 event. He had qualified in top position for that event earlier in the week but finished seventh in the final. Saturday saw a reversal of sorts, and, by winning the gold medal, Narwal has proved why he is considered part of para-shooting sport's new generation of stars.
Earlier in the qualifying round, Adana progressed to the medal round in fourth place with a total of 536 while Narwal shot 533 to qualify in seventh position at the Asaka Shooting Range.
The other Indian in the fray, Akash failed to make the final, finishing 27th in the qualifying round.
As the pistol is held with one hand only, athletes in SH1 category have an impairment affecting one arm and/or the legs, resulting either from amputations or spinal cord injuries. P4 is a classification for the mixed 50m air pistol competition.
Some shooters compete in a seated position, while others take aim in a standing position as defined in the rules.
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