Asiad 2018: Shardul Vihan wins silver in men’s double trap

15-year-old Indian shooter Shardul Vihan bagged silver in men’s Double Trap final on Thursday

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All of 15, Shardul Vihan clinched the silver medal in the men's double trap shooting event at the 18th Asian Games on Thursday.

Uttar Pradesh teenager Vihan shot 73 to claim the silver medal, while Korea's 34-year-old Shin Hyunwoo clinched the gold medal with a score of 74. Qatar's Al Marri Hamad Ali bagged the bronze after shooting 53 at the Jakabaring shooting range.

As a 14-year-old, Vihan had grabbed four gold medals at Shotgun Nationals Championship last year.

Coached by former Asian Championship double gold medallist Anwer Sultan, had finished a creditable sixth at the Junior World Championship in Moscow last year.

Union minister Rajyavardhan Rathore tweeted:

Sindhu huffs and puffs to victory against lower

Star shuttler P.V. Sindhu snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against Vietnam's Thi Trang Vu 21-10, 12-21, 23-21 in a women's singles round of 32 clash at the 18th Asian Games on Thursday.

The World No. 3 breezed past Vu in the first game where the gulf in class between the two players was visible.

But Vu, ranked 52 in the world, made the most of a raft of errors by Sindhu to stun her 21-12 in the second game and take the match all the way down to the wire.

Sindhu frittered away a comfortable two-game lead, and in the third game was leading 18-15.

But Vu was relentless and showed nerves of steel to fight her way back and make it 18-18. Sindhu then needed three match points to huff and puff over the line 23-21.

Earlier, Indian men's and women's doubles teams got off to winning starts in their respective round of 32 matches.

The women's pair of Ashwini Ponappa and Sikki Reddy registered a convincing 21-16, 21-15 win over their Hong Kong counterparts Yeung Nga Ting and Wing Yung Ng.

The Indians gave little quarter to their counterparts and used their experience to see off late surges in both sets.

Later, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty eased past the Hong Kong pair of Chun Hei Tam and Yonny Chung 21-12, 21-14 using their power to good effect.

Both Rankireddy and Shetty looked superior from the start to the finish, wrapping up the tie in 32 minutes.

with inputs from PTI and IANS

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Published: 23 Aug 2018, 3:09 PM