Jakarta, 8 January, 2024 (GNP): Pakistani shooting sensation Kishmala Talat has officially earned her ticket to the Paris 2024 Olympics following a stellar performance at the Asian Shooting Championship, where she claimed a silver medal in the Women’s 10m Air Pistol event.
Talat exhibited exceptional prowess, securing the second spot with an impressive score of 236.6 points in the highly competitive arena at the Asian Shooting Championship held in Jakarta, Indonesia.
India’s Esha Singh clinched the gold with 243.1 points, while Rhythm Sangwan, also from India, secured the bronze with 214.5 points.
At just 21 years old, Talat has etched her name as the third Pakistani shooter to qualify for the Paris Olympics, following the footsteps of Gulfam Joseph and G.M. Bashir. Notably, she is the first female shooter from Pakistan to secure a berth in the prestigious sporting event.
This accomplishment adds to Talat’s remarkable achievements, having previously secured a bronze medal in the 10m Air Pistol event at the Asian Games.
Her performance contributed significantly to Pakistan’s medal tally, alongside accolades in team squash and kabaddi.
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Kishmala Talat, first Pakistani female shooter to
Win Silver Medal (Air Pistol) @ Asian Shooting Championships
Secure direct Olympic Quota for #Paris2024
She holds prestigious IOC Olympic Scholarship for Paris 2024. pic.twitter.com/USWCQogKlP
— Pakistan Olympic Association (@NOCPakistan) January 8, 2024
In preparation for the Paris Olympics, Talat was among the select 12 outstanding Pakistani athletes honored with the prestigious IOC scholarship in 2022.
Not only in shooting but also in athletics, Pakistan boasts another rising star aiming for Olympic glory.
Javelin prodigy Arshad Nadeem, a national icon, secured his spot for this year’s Olympics after clinching silver at the World Athletic Championships in Budapest last August, closely following India’s Neeraj Chopra.
Nadeem, recognized for his exceptional talent, aims to reprise a podium finish alongside Chopra at the Olympics. His stellar performance at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, where he triumphed with a formidable 90.18-meter throw.