Asian Games 2018 Day 2 Live updates Live streaming: Catch Asian Games 2018 Day 2 live updates and live streaming here. India begins Day 2 with a shooting medal which is Silver in the 10m Air Rifle Final where Deepak Kumar fought back to clinch his first Asian Games medal.
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Earlier Srihari Nataraj won the Men’s 50m backstroke heats but is only a reserve for the final as he finished 10th among 38 starters. While PV Sindhu has drawn first blood against Akane Yamaguchi in the team event, Saina Nehwal failed to get past Nozomi Okuhara.
Deepak Kumar was only 11 when his father sent him to a gurukul in Dehradun to pursue spirituality. His father, a Delhi Tourism official, wanted Deepak to “be a good human being and not chase money”. Deepak spent the next 10 years in the school studying yoga, Vedas and Sanskrit. He said he made full use of his learnings at the ashram to get close to a medal in his maiden World Cup.
Deepak Kumar Wins SILVER Medal in 10m Air Rifle for INDIA
The 3rd Medal for INDIA in Asian Games2018 👏 #DeepakKumar
Great News To Began A Day pic.twitter.com/OmiNjKp0ux
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“It was a big occasion for me, but I was not nervous. Yoga helps me unwind in high-pressure situations like these competitions,” the soft-spoken Indian Air Force sergeant told. “I practice yoga every day.” Deepak had his first tryst with shooting when he visited a nearby shooting academy run by former ace shooter Jaspal Rana. “I was drawn towards the game. As my game improved, the school purchased a rifle and a pistol for me. I tried my hand at pistol shooting, then air rifle.”
And the first Silver medal 🥈 for #TeamIndia at the 18th #AsianGames! After Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar, #DeepakKumar wins a well deserved Silver medal, in #Shooting in the Men's 10m Air Rifle Finals event! #Congratulations Deepak! #IAmTeamIndia 👏👏🇮🇳@IndianAirforce_ pic.twitter.com/jzdUff4iSs
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In between, he started practising archery and even represented Uttrakhand in archery nationals. “But I had to give it up because of injury.” Deepak, now 27, says his life as a shooter changed once he joined the Indian Air Force. “The coach there, Manoj Kumar, helped me improve as a shooter.” Deepak is trying to establish himself in an event in which India has won its lone individual Olympic gold through Abhinav Bindra. He could not get the better of the likes of Buhan Song of China and Peter Sidi of Hungary on Friday, but he was pleased with his performance.
Reading, being a good listener (Athlete, 30 Oct 2017)
I congratulate #DeepakKumar for bringing home the third medal on Day 2 of @asiangames2018 by winning silver in 10m Air Rifle. Look forward to many more medals in the coming days of the event. @Ra_THORe @IndiaSports @ioaindia @YASMinistry pic.twitter.com/B3KEQGoJop
— Neiphiu Rio (@Neiphiu_Rio) August 20, 2018
Occupation: Government (Athlete, 30 Oct 2017)
Education: Arts at Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak, India
Languages spoke: Hindi, English
Hoping for another set of medals to come in from the likes of #TeamIndia's #RaviKumar and #DeepakKumar in the Men's 10m Air Rifle Finals at the #AsianGames2018!#AllTheBest 🤞 pic.twitter.com/yoVb44kUux
— Team India (@ioaindia) August 20, 2018
Reason: “Because I was having some good concentration and loving shooting.” (Athlete, 30 Oct 2017)
Ambition: “Winning Olympic gold and being a good human.” (Athlete, 30 Oct 2017)
Memorable: Making the final in 10m air rifle at 2017 ISSF World Cup in New Delhi, India. (Athlete, 30 Oct 2017)
Hero: “All handicapped athletes. If they can do better, why not me.�? (Athlete, 30 Oct 2017)
Influence: Coach Manoj KUMAR. “He was a good shooter and now coach.�? (Athlete, 30 Oct 2017)
Heartiest congratulations to #DeepakKumar for winning the Silver medal🥈in 10m Air Rifle event!#AsianGames2018 #IndiaAtAsianGames #IndiaShooting 🎯@asiangames2018 @ISSF_Shooting pic.twitter.com/Jg8LydsByR
— Neelam Rudy (@neelamrudy) August 20, 2018