Olympic silver medallist Vijay Kumar has won a bronze medal in his pet 25m rapid fire pistol event and helped the shooting team win the gold medal on the first day of the 18th KSS Memorial Shooting Championship. Arpit Goel dominated from start and won gold medal in 25m rapid fire pistol.
On his comeback trail on Wednesday, 2012 Olympic silver medal winner, Vijay Kumar won the bronze medal in 25m rapid fire pistol event on Day 1 of 18th KSS Memorial Shooting Championship. Arpit Goel displayed his class to run away with the gold medal in the 25m rapid fire pistol senior men's category.
Arpit asserted his dominance from the initial phases and remained unchallenged with a score of 34 points. Five points behind him at 29, Shivam Shukla of the Air Force bagged the silver while Vijay shot 24 points to finish third.
After his success in the individual category, Vijay led from the front in the team event and notched up a score of 579 for Haryana. His teammates, Adarsh Singh and Harpreet Singh looked in great touch as the team scored a cumulative score of 1723 to annex the gold.
The Army Markman Unit, comprising Gurmeet, Gurpreet Singh, and Pemba Tamang, were not far behind with a score of 1711 to grab second place. Asian Shooting Championship (Team) bronze medalist Akshay Ashtaputre couldn't work his magic here as his teammates Shivraj Sase and Vikrant Ghaisas scored a cumulative 1700 for Maharashtra to settle for the bronze.
In the 25m rapid fire pistol junior category, Adarsh Singh, who bagged a gold in the team event, defeated Harshawardhan Yadav by a narrow margin of just one point to clinch his second gold in the prestigious tournament. Harshawardhan had glory in his sight but couldn't capitalize on the moment as he scored 21 points to Adarsh's 22. Languishing behind with 17 points, Mandeep Singh took the third spot.