India's Manish Narwal shoots gold in 50m pistol SH1 with new Paralympic record, silver for Singhraj

The 19-year-old Manish Narwal bagged India’s third gold medal at Tokyo 2020 while Singhraj Adhana won his second medal at the Games.

By Naveen Peter
Picture by Paralympic Committee of India

Indian shooters Manish Narwal and Singhraj Adhana won the gold and silver medals, respectively, in the men’s 50m pistol SH1 event at the Tokyo Paralympics on Saturday

At the Asaka Shooting Range, Manish Narwal scored 218.2 in the final -- a new Paralympic record -- to claim top podium. His compatriot Singhraj Adhana bagged the silver medal with a score of 216.7. Sergey Malyshev of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) won the bronze medal, scoring 196.8.

Though Manish Narwal qualified for the medal round as the seventh best shooter, the Indian shooter was on the money in the opening series of five shots.

The 19-year-old, however, endured a poor round in the second series with three 7s and a 9.1, putting him in a spot of bother.

But Manish Narwal, who set a world record at the 2021 World Shooting Para Sport World Cup in UAE earlier this year, soon recovered and rallied to win the gold medal. This was India’s third gold at Tokyo 2020.

Meanwhile, Singhraj Adhana, who earlier won a bronze medal in the men’s 10m air pistol SH1 event at Tokyo 2020, added another medal to his kitty.

Qualifying for the final as the fourth best shooter, the Indian athlete continued his good work in the medal round and finished among the medal positions.

India signed off a successful run in the shooting competition at Tokyo 2020 with five medals. Rifle shooter Avani Lekhara was the toast of the nation as she became the first Indian woman to win two medals at the Paralympics. Singhraj Adhana and Manish Narwal added to the nation’s achievements.

India has won 15 medals at the Tokyo Summer Para Games so far and is placed 34th on the medal’s tally.