Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Singhraj wins bronze for India in his debut 10m air pistol shooting event

Singhraj Adhana won the bronze medal in his maiden P1 men's 10m air pistol SH1 event at Tokyo Paralympics 2020. He finished with a score of 216.8 after qualifying for the eight-man finals.

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Indian para shooter Singhraj Adhana won the bronze medal in his maiden P1 men's 10m air pistol SH1 event at Tokyo Paralympics 2020. He finished with a score of 216.8 after qualifying for the eight-man finals. Singhraj's compatriot Manish Narwal finished in the seventh position with a score of 135.8.

Singhraj started well in the men's 10m air pistol SH1 event he was at the top in the initial stages. It was his ninth shot that dragged him down the leaderboard. China's Chao Yang took the lead and won the gold medal with 237.9 points. His performance in the elimination stage went haywire his ten-pointers kept him in the game. Singhraj was juggling between the third and fourth positions. Lou Xiaolong of China shot 8.6 in his final shot and went down the leaderboard. This bad shot of Lou Xiaolong helped Singhraj gain the third position.

While praising Singhraj, the Sports Authority of India tweeted, "#Paralympics debut at 39 and that too with a Bronze!! @AdhanaSinghraj is proof that hard work always pays off. With his dedication and determination, he has won and made every Indian proud What a spectacular win! You have inspired us all #Praise4Para #Cheer4India."

In the SH1 category, the participants having impairment affecting one arm and or the legs are classified. That can be a result of amputations or spinal cord injury. P1 denotes the men's category for the 10m air pistol competition. As defined by the rules, shooters can aim for a seated position or standing position. Sunghraj's bronze medal is India's second medal in the shooting event. Earlier, para shooter Avani Lekhara won the gold medal in the women's 10m air rifle standing SH1 event.