Ayonika Paul © Getty Images
Ayonika Paul qualified for the final after she finished third in the qualifying round © Getty Images

Incheon: Sep 22, 2014

India Monday finished sixth in the women’s 10-metre air rifle event that saw the Chinese team being stripped of the world record and the gold medal after the disqualification of one of its shooters here in the 17th Asian Games.

The Indian team comprising Ayonika Paul (417.7), Apurvi Chandela (413.8), and Raj Chaudhary (407.6) finished sixth with a tally of 1239.1. Ayonika, a silver medallist in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, also qualified for the final after she finished third in the qualifying round.

The Chinese trio of Yi Siling, Zhang Binbin and Wu Liuxi combined for 1253.8 points to win the team gold at Ongnyeon International Shooting Range, breaking the previous world record set by their own teammates last year by 0.1 point, according to the games’ site.

Zhang later got disqualified for using unauthorised equipment for the event, costing her country the gold and the world record, which would have been the first from shooting at this Asiad in South Korea’s Incheon city. Iran moved up from silver to gold with 1245.9 points, and South Korea grabbed silver with 1241.6. Singapore won bronze after getting 1241.1. In the team component, the combined scores of three shooters for each country in the individual qualification round determine the medalists.

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