Youth Olympic Games: Shooter Tushar Mane Grabs Silver Medal, Opens India's Medal Tally

| October 8 , 2018 , 14:48 IST

Shooter Tushar Mane opened India's medal tally at the Youth Olympic Games after grabbing a silver medal in the men's 10m air rifle event on the opening day of competitions held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Sunday.

The Indian shooter, qualified third for the final, shot a distance of 247.5 to win the silver while Grigorii Shamakov took the gold with 249.2. Aleksa Mitrovic of Serbia won the bronze with a score of 227.9.

Meanwhile, judoka Tababi Devi Thangjam also assured herself a silver medal by progressing to the final of the 44kg women’s category with a 10-0 win over Croatia's Ana Viktorija Puljiz.

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It was a close contest among the three podium finishers till the end and Mane edged out Mitrovic for the silver medal by collecting 228.0 as against 227.9 of the Serbian shooter in the penultimate round. But, the final round was not the best one for the Indian shooter as he shot 9.6 and 9.99 while the eventual gold winner had 10.4 and 10.7.

Earlier, in the qualification round, Mane had shot 623.7 to finish third and qualify for the final. In the men's Hockey 5s competition, India crushed Bangladesh 10-0 in their opening match. Shivam (4th minute), Rahul Kumar (4th), Sanjay (6th), Rabichandra (9th, 20th), Vivek Sagar Prasad (9th, 18th), Sudeep (11th, 17th) and Maninder (12th) were scored for India in the convincing win.

In swimming, Srihari Nataraj finished third in Heat 4 with a timing of 56.57s to qualify for the semi-finals of the 100m backstroke.

In women's singles badminton, Jakka Vaishnavi Reddy defeated Elena Andreu of Spain 21-13 21-6 in her opening Group F match.

It is learnt that India is being represented by 46 athletes in 13 sports in the prestigious event. This is India's largest ever contingent at the Youth Olympics. India won two medals a silver and a bronze in the last Youth Olympics in 2014 held in Nanjing, China.