India’s Ravi Kumar and Apurvi Chandela bagged bronze medal in 10m Air Rifle Mixed event in the 18th edition of Asian Games on Sunday. The other contenders in the event were China, Mongolia, Taipei and Korea.
Mongolia and Korea, however, got eliminated as India secured the third position with 429.9 points.Taipei won Gold in the event with 494.1 points while China bagged silver with 492.5 points.
Kumar and Chandela entered the final as the second-best team with 835.3.
However, Manu Bhaker and Abhishek Verma failed to qualify for the final of 10m mixed air pistol event.
Korea and Mongolia finished fourth and fifth respectively in the event held for the first time at the Games.
It was a maiden Asian Games medal for Chandela, who will be aiming for a better colour medal in the 10m air rifle. Chandela is also a multiple time World Cup winner and had bagged gold at 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
World Cup bronze medallist Kumar, who is mentored by the great Abhinav Bindra, had won a men's 10m rifle team bronze at last the edition at Incheon.
After the first series, India were second with 102.9 while Korea led with 103.4. Indian remained in that position even after the third series but the Chinese improved drastically to steal the second spot. Mongolia were the first to be eliminated, followed by Korea.
(With PTI Inputs)