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Kashmala Talat Shines at Asian Shooting Championship, Secures Olympic Berth

Pakistan’s female shooter to qualify for Olympics, Kishmala Talat, has added another feather to her cap by clinching a silver medal at the Asian Shooting Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The 21-year-old shooter displayed remarkable skill and composure in the women’s 10m air pistol event, scoring 236.3 points in the final round and securing a quota spot for the Paris Olympics 2024. She was only narrowly beaten by India’s Esha Singh, who scored 243.1 points and took the gold medal.

This is not the first time that Kishmala Talat has made the nation proud with her shooting prowess. She also won a bronze medal in the same event at the Asian Games in 2018, becoming the only Pakistani medalist in the continental event. She also bagged a silver medal at the South Asian Games in 2019.

Kishmala Talat is among the 12 Pakistani athletes who have been awarded the prestigious Olympic scholarship by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for their consistent excellence and potential. She has been training hard for the Paris Olympics, where she will compete in the 10m and 25m air pistol events, as well as the 25m mixed double event.

She is the third Pakistani shooter to qualify for the Olympics, after Gulfam Joseph and G.M. Bashir, who secured their berths in the men’s 10m air pistol and 25m rapid fire pistol events, respectively. Pakistan’s shooting contingent for the Olympics is the largest ever, with four shooters representing the country.

Apart from shooting, Pakistan has also confirmed its participation in the Olympics in athletics and equestrian. Arshad Nadeem, the star javelin thrower, became the first Pakistani athlete to qualify for the Olympics in 2019, when he won a silver medal at the World Athletics Championship in Budapest, Hungary, with a record-breaking throw of 90.03 meters. Usman Khan, the equestrian rider, also secured his place in the Olympics after finishing among the top-ranked riders in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Paris Olympics 2024 will be held from July 26 to August 11, and will feature more than 10,000 athletes from 206 countries, competing in 33 sports and 339 events. Pakistan will be hoping to end its medal drought at the Olympics, which dates back to 1992, when the men’s hockey team won the bronze medal.

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