In a historic all-India Women’s 10m Air Pistol summit clash at the Asian Games, Palak Gulia outperformed her compatriot Esha Singh as the two secured gold and silver respectively at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre on Friday.
The 17-year-old Palak, who made her entry into shooting following the Jakarta Asiad, was on a stellar performance. The teenager leaped to the top of the leaderboard the final eight and maintained the top spot throughout, in total clocking a Games record total of 242.1 in the summit clash.
Esha, Palak’s contestant in the final, finished her stint with a close 239.7 points, securing her fourth medal in the Asian Games. Her previous feats include two team medals- silver in 10m air pistol and gold in 25m pistol, as well as an individual silver medal in the 25m pistol event, marking the highest medal haul by an Indian athlete at the event.
India’s medal tally at the event is now at 30, consisting of 8 gold, 11 silver, and 11 bronze medals.