New Delhi, May 5: Dhanush Srikanth won the gold medal in the men’s 10m air rifle event on the third day of the 24th Olympic Games in Brazil. With this, India‘s campaign in these games got a golden start.
Shaurya Saini won the bronze medal in the eight-man final on Wednesday, beating Korea’s Kim Woo Rim.
Dhanush scored 247.5, a final world record score. Kim finished with 246.6, while Shaurya finished third with 224.3.
Later the Indian badminton team also won the gold medal beating Japan 3-1 in the final, making it a double celebration for the country.
India is currently ranked eighth in the medal tally with two gold and one bronze medals. Ukraine is currently on top with 19 gold, six silver and 13 bronze medals.
In the qualification, Dhanush and Shaurya finished second and third respectively.
Dhanush, who hails from Telangana, trains at Gangan Narang’s academy in Hyderabad.
Under the guidance of the Olympic bronze medalist shooter, Dhanush performed brilliantly to win the biggest award of his career in the Games.
Dhanush with a score of 623.3 in the qualification surpassed Kim, who topped with a score of 625.1. Shaurya was third with 622.7, leading to two Indians making it to the final stage.
India has sent 10 shooters in its 65-strong squad for the Brazil Deaflympics. This is their biggest and youngest team till date.
In the last 2017 edition, India finished with one gold, one silver and three bronze medals.