Meet Rahi Sarnobat- the first Indian female shooter to win Gold at the Asian Games

It is no doubt that our country has been producing some sensational talents across all sporting events. One of the true sensations who did India proud was Rahi Sarnobat! She won a gold medal in the 25m pistol event and with that sensational win, she became the first Indian woman to clinch gold in the Asian Games history. Isn’t that a great achievement? Yes, let’s appreciate her for what she has done so far!

In what was truly an intriguing contest, Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon equalled Rahi’s score of 34, a game record. Both the players chipped in with the same 34 points in the following 10 series of five shots each. Well, the game should have only one winner. So, to take the final call for declaring the winner, a final shoot-off was held with five shots given to each shooter.

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Shockingly, both the shooters Rahi and Naphaswan shot the target four times and once again ended in a pulsating draw again, which then led to the second shoot-off of five shots. Finally, Rahi scripted history as she shot three whereas Naphaswan two, according to The Hindu.

Hailing from Kolhapur, Maharashtra, she is 27 years old. Earlier, Rahi bagged two gold medals in 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. In the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, she clinched bronze in the 25m pistol pairs event. In 2013, Rahi stole the spotlight as she became the first Indian to win gold at International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup.

In 2017, Rahi, unfortunately, picked up an elbow injury and because of that, she had to tweak her shooting technique a bit for this year’s Asian Games. To sort out and to make some adjustments in her shooting technique, she roped in Munkhbayar Dorjsuren. Interestingly, the latter is a two-time world champion shooter and an Olympic medalist from Germany, according to NDTV.

Hailing from Chennai, Chaithanya G is the Managing Director of TheYouth. He has dedicated his whole life to reading and writing.