#MeetTheMedalists: All about shooting star Shardul Vihan
India's 15-year-old teenager Shardul Vihan added another medal to India's tally at the ongoing Asian Games 2018, being held at Indonesia. Vihan clinched a silver medal in men's double trap shooting event. Youngsters are continuing to rule the charts for India as the country's tally has surged to 4 gold, 4 silver and 10 bronze medals. Here's all you need to know about Vihan.
Vihan shoots 73 to finish 2nd
The teenager hails from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. He shot 73 to finish behind Korea's 34-year-old veteran Shin Hyun-woo. Qatar's Al Marri Hamad Ali won the bronze medal with a score of 53. The Indian shooter topped the qualification with a score of 141 to enter the final. He has become the third Indian teenager to finish on the podium in the Games this year.
A look at Vihan and his achievements
Vihan was born in 2003 and began competing since 2015. He is currently studying in 9th grade. He is a right-handed shooter and his master eye is also the right one. Earlier, he had finished 6th in the ISSF Junior World Championships in 2017. Vihan also won 4 gold medals at the 61st National Shotgun Championship held in New Delhi.
Double trap event: 3rd Indian medalist in Asian Games
Vihan became the third Indian shooter to win a medal at the Asian Games in a double trap event. Ronjan Sodhi had won gold in 2010, while former Olympic champion Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore had won a silver in 2006. This was Vihan's first senior competition. Vihan will next be seen at the World Championships in Changwon, South Korea in September.
Unbelievable!— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 23, 2018
Shardul Vihan wins Silver medal in Double Trap (Shooting) . He is just 15 years of age. Wow 🙏🏼 #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/mP5oyK1Fdu
Bright future ahead
WHAT A STAR!— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 23, 2018
At 15 YEARS, Shardul Vihan, one of our youngest in #AsianGames2018, has made us immensely proud with a silver in Double Trap Shooting.
His prowess convinces me that the future of Indian sports is in VERY safe hands! #KheloIndia #IndiaAtAsianGames @asiangames2018 pic.twitter.com/nSh6K8mXto