PALEMBANG: Deepak Kumar and Lakshay Sheoran, shooters with contrasting career paths, today made major breakthroughs by winning a silver in the men’s 10m air rifle and men’s trap respectively at the Asian Games here.
The 33-year-old Deepak did not mind the long wait for a major medal, 14 years after he picked up the sport.
Lakshay, on the other hand, picked up the gun only four years ago as a teenager and at 20, is now a silver medallist at Asiad, equalling the feat achieved by former world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu at the 2006 Doha edition.
Veteran Sandhu also happened to be in the trap field today and was very much in the medal hunt until he missed five targets towards the end to finish fourth. With his father Somvir being a former national champion wrestler, it was no surprise that Lakshay rushed to touch Sandhu’s feet right after the competition was over. (AGENCIES)