Adana wins 10m Air Pistol bronze at Tokyo Paralympics

Indian shooter Singhraj Adana clinched a bronze medal in the P1 – Men’s 10m Air Pistol SH1 final here at Asaka Shooting Range on Tuesday.

This is Indian’s shooting contingent second medal at the Tokyo Paralympics after the 19-year-old Avani Lekhara became the first woman from the country to win a gold medal on Monday.

China’s Chao Yang created a Paralympic record with 237.9 points to win silver while another Chinese Xing Huang grabbed silver with 237.5 points.

Adana started the better of the two Indians in the final as he was placed in the top 3 during the first 10 shots while amassing 99.6 points. Manish Narwal who topped the qualification, had a very jittery start to the final as he gathered 97.2 in the 1st competition stage. In the second stage, he became the second competitor to be eliminated.

Adana meanwhile held his nerves better in the elimination round to see off a scare from the Chinese. Taking his 19th shot, Singhraj dropped out of the medal position after he aimed 9.1 and with the 20th shot of 9.6, he got into the top three as Lou shot a very poor 8.6. In his last two shots, the Indian aimed at 10.0 and 10.0 but it was just not good enough to topple down the top two Chinese pair.

Earlier in the day, shooters Narwal and Adana qualified for the medal round after Narwal amassed 575 -21x points at an average of 9.583 after shooting 60 shots on the target. He finished in the first position in the qualifying round edging China’s Xiaolong Lou on the number of X’s (575 -15x).

Meanwhile, Adana gathered 569 -18x to finish 6th in the qualifications.

Another Indian in the final, Deepender Singh gathered 560 -9x points in the qualifications, which in the end was just not good enough to make it to the 8-player final. He finished 10th after scoring 96, 93, 96, 88, 92, and 95 in the six series.

Narwal started the qualification strongly with a 96 and 95 in the starting two series. The third series saw a major dip in concentration as the Indian scored 92 with just three 10’s.

The determination and mental toughness of Narwal was in full display in the last three series of the final as the shooter scored a brilliant 98, and followed it by 97 and 97 to climb on top of the qualification.

Singhraj started well, shooting 95 and 97 in the first two series. A 93 in third landed him in trouble but soon he came back with a 95. A 92 in the second last series was followed by a brilliant 97, as Singraj was just able to squeeze into the final.

As the pistol is held with one hand only, athletes in SH1 category have an impairment affecting one arm and/or the legs, for example resulting from amputations or spinal cord injuries. P1 is a classification for the men’s 10 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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