Fifteen-year-old Shardul Vihan became the youngest Indian shooter to win a medal at the Asian Games after he finished second in the men’s double trap at Palembang on August 23.
Vihan, who is based out of Meerut, finished second after he shot 73 to claim the silver medal while Korea’s 34-year-old Shin Hyunwoo clinched gold, scoring 74.
A class 10 student at Dayawati Modi Academy in Modipuram, Vihan took to shooting seriously only four years ago under Shamli-based coach Anwar Sultan.
“The moment he came to me I knew he would excel at whatever he does. Be it table tennis or badminton or any other sport. He has an amazing muscle memory. Now I will prepare him for the trap event,” PTI quoted Sultan as saying.
Following his historic feat, Twitter got flooded with congratulatory messages:
The laurels from shooting continue to pour in. The talented Shardul Vihan wins the Silver in the Double Trap event. At the age of 15, Shardul has achieved historic successes and I am sure he will continue to excel in the coming years. Congratulations to him! #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/5oGwQJzYKh
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 23, 2018
WHAT A STAR!
At 15 YEARS, Shardul Vihan, one of our youngest in #AsianGames2018, has made us immensely proud with a silver in Double Trap Shooting.
His prowess convinces me that the future of Indian sports is in VERY safe hands! #KheloIndia #IndiaAtAsianGames @asiangames2018 pic.twitter.com/nSh6K8mXto
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 23, 2018
A 15-year-old wonder boy won a Silver medal in the Men’s Double Trap #Shooting event today! The boy was #ShardulVihan who won #TeamIndia it’s 4th Silver medal at #AsianGames2018! #WellDone @ShardulVihan ____ The country is mighty proud of your achievement!#IAmTeamIndia pic.twitter.com/uy8K8s4tzA
— Team India (@ioaindia) August 23, 2018
#AsianGames 15-year-old Shardul Vihan makes India proud by winning Silver Medal in the Men’s Double Trap final event.
Congratulations! Great achievement at such a young age. ___#ShardulVihan #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/IBj2Ah5gLI
— Jagrati Shukla (@JagratiShukla29) August 23, 2018
Young Boy, all of just 15 Years old #ShardulVihan wins the Silver in the Double Trap event, Shooting, #AsianGames. Congratulations #Shardul. Indian Sportsmen are definitely making a mark.
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) August 23, 2018
Vihan had a sensational 2017 when he amassed four national titles and the cherry on the cake was a medal at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Germany.