Chinese hotshot Yang bags second Asian Games gold

China’s Yang Haoran. (AFP pic)

PALEMBANG: Chinese sharpshooter Yang Haoran bagged his second medal in two days at the Asian Games on Monday, narrowly clinching victory over India’s Deepak Kumar to successfully defend his 10 metre air rifle title.

Yang, the 2014 world champion, notched up a Games record total of 249.1 in Palembang, ahead of Kumar’s 247.7, while Taiwan’s Lu Shao-chuan took bronze with 226.8.

It was the second title of the Games for Yang, 22, after he won the mixed team event alongside Zhao Ruozhu on Sunday.

Kumar’s silver came after India’s Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar took bronze in the team category, following a disappointing early exit for 16-year-old Manu Bhaker and her partner Abhishek Verma.

Bhaker brought home World Cup and Commonwealth Games gold medals this year to be regarded as one of India’s hottest prospects.