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Tokyo Paralympics: Singhraj wins 10m air pistol SH1 bronze, Manish Narwal finishes 7th

Indian shooter Singhraj claimed the bronze medal in the P1 men's 10m air pistol SH1 event of the Paralympics here on Tuesday. Singhraj shot a total of 216.8 to finish third in the event after qualifying for the eight-man final as the sixth-best shooter. Singhraj's medal is India's eighth at Tokyo 2020, double the country's previous best haul at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

As a pistol is held with one hand, the SH1 pistol event consists of athletes with an impairment affecting one arm and/or the legs. Singhraj's bronze takes India's medals tally at the Tokyo Paralympics to eight medals, by far their best performance at a single edition of the Games. Those eight medals consist of two gold, four silver medals, and two bronze medals. Singhraj's medal is India's second in shooting at these Games, after teenager Avani Lekhara won gold in the women's 10m air rifle standing SH1 event on Monday, becoming the first Indian woman to win gold at the Paralympics.

China, though, dominated the finals with defending champion Chao Yang (237.9 -- Paralympic record) and Huang Xing (237.5) winning the gold and silver medals respectively. Before his 9.1 saw him slip to fourth, Singhraj had moved up to third place as the Chinese shooter endured a low series.

However, Narwal had topped the qualification round with a score of 575-21x (x indicates an inner 10) but began somewhat poorly in the final, shooting an 8.7 along with three shots in the 9s and one in the 10s in his first five shots. He was left playing catch-up since and was second to be eliminated.

Singhraj made his international debut in 2018, winning the 10m air pistol SH1 silver at the World Shooting Para Sport World Cup held in Al Ain, Dubai. He won silver again at the event the following year, before winning gold there earlier this year. Singhraj also won bronze in the mixed 50m pistols SH1 event at the 2018 Asian Para Games. In addition to his shooting career, Singhraj has served as the chairman of Sainak Public School in Faridabad, near Delhi.


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