Rahi Sarnobat made the whole nation proud as she won a prestigious gold medal at the world cup in Munich and also bagged a quota place for the Tokyo 2020 Games. Let’s take a moment to appreciate the shooting stalwart Rahi Sarnobat who brought glory to India.
The 28-year-old Rahi who had scripted history to become the first Indian pistol shooter to win a World Cup gold in 2013 won her second gold by topping the women’s 25m pistol final on Monday.
Hailing from Kolhapur, she also has a World Cup bronze medal to her name in the 25-meter pistol event in 2011 USA ISSF World Cup and became the first Indian woman pistol shooter to clinch gold at the Asian Games
2018 Jakarta, Palembang in the woman’s 25 m pistol.
In an intriguing contest in Asian Games, Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon equalled Rahi’s score of 34, which was a game record.
Both the players scored 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.
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.
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 South Korea.
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 who is two-time world champion shooter and an Olympic medalist from Germany, according to NDTV.