Shooter Manish Narwal smashed the Paralympic record to clinch India’s third gold in the ongoing Tokyo Games, while compatriot Singhraj Adana bagged the silver to make it a sensational one-two finish for the country here on Saturday.
The 19-year-old Narwal, who holds the world record in the category, shot a total of 218.2, a Paralympic record, to claim the yellow metal in his debut Games.
The 39-year-old Adana, who had won the bronze in the P1 men’s 10m air pistol SH1 event on Tuesday, added a silver to his kitty with an effort of 216.7 as India continued its medal rush in the sport.
With his feat, Adana joins the elite list of Indians who have won multiple medals in the same edition of the Games.
Shooter Avani Lekhara, who won a gold and bronze in the ongoing Games and Joginder Singh Sodhi, who fetched one silver and two bronze medals in the 1984 Paralympics, are the other two Indians who have achieved the feat.
Russian Olympic Committee’s Sergey Malyshev took home the bronze with an effort of 196.8.
Narwal, who has an impairment in his right hand, had a sluggish start and was in danger of being eliminated after shots of 7.7 and 8.3 but the teenager from Faridabad held his nerve.
On the other hand, Adana was off to a flying start, leading the proceedings after 10 shots but slipped in the middle.
However, both Indians upped their games when it mattered the most, edging out the challenge of two Chinese shooters and Sergey to go against each other for the gold medal.
In the final series, Narwal shot 8.4 and 9.1 while Adana finished with 8.5 and 9.4.
Earlier, Adana qualified at fourth place with a total of 536 while Narwal shot 533 to qualify at seventh.
The other Indian in the fray, Akash finished 27th in the qualifying round.
Narwal has also won gold medal with world record in P4 and silver in P4 team event in 2021 Para Shooting World Cup in the UAE. He also won three bronze medals in P1 and P4 (individual and team) in 2019 Sydney Para Shooting World Championships.
His other achievements include gold in P1, P4 and P6 team events and silver in P1 in 2019 Osijek World Cup in Croatia.