Angad Vir Bajwa became the first Indian shooter to win gold with a world record score in the men’s skeet final at the Asian Shotgun Championship. This feat also makes him the first Indian skeet shooter to emerge victorious in a continental or world level event.
In the final round, Bajwa shot a perfect 60 out of 60 to beat China’s Di Jin to claim the top prize. The bronze medal was acquired by UAE’s Saeed Al Makhtoum who scored 46.
In the qualifying rounds, Bajwa ended at the second place, along with three other shooters by shooting 121 out of 125. The round was topped by Di Jin who shot 124. Bajwa and Al Makhtoum then competed in a shoot-off to figure out the winners of the minor positions. The Indian shot 15 targets and ended third as compared to Al Makhtoum, who shot 16.
However, it was an entirely different Bajwa who participated in the final and showed what he is capable of. He shot 60 out of 60 to bag the top prize in the competition.
“This is the best Diwali gift to the nation. We are all so happy for Angad as he has finally realised his true potential and all his hard work over the years is beginning to yield fruit. I am certain that we can expect better things from him in the future,” Raninder Singh, the president of the National Rifle Association of India said, as quoted by The Times of India.