Asian Games 2018: Sanjeev Rajput bags silver medal in men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions; India's medal tally rises to 8

Palembang: Indian shooter Sanjeev Rajput clinched a silver medal after letting slip early domination in the men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions event at the 18th Asian Games here on Tuesday.

The 37-year-old shot 452.7 to claim the silver medal, while China's Hui Zicheng notched up the gold medal with a score of 453.3. Japan's Matsumoto Takayuki bagged the bronze with 441.4.

From L to R: Silver medallist India's Sanjeev Rajput, gold medallist China's Hui Zicheng, and bronze medallist Japan's Takayuki Matsumoto pose with their medals during their victory ceremony for the men 50m rifle 3 positions shooting final during the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang on August 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFAN

Sanjeev Rajput (extreme left), shot 452.7 to claim the silver medal for India. AFP

Rajput dominated the proceedings in the keeling and prone positions. However, an erratic show in the standing round put paid to his hopes of a gold.

He recovered from 7.8 in the third series of the kneeling position to end in the top position with a score of 151.2.

Rajput continued his impressive run in prone, leading from start to finish after consistently shooting 10s. He had a total score of 307.1 after 30 shots.

In the standing position, Rajput led after the first series with a score of 355.6 but his slide coincided with Zicheng raising the bar.

Rajput had won the gold medal at the 50m rifle 3 positions in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

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Updated Date: Aug 21, 2018 14:05:44 IST

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