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Asian Games 2018: Maharashtra govt announces Rs 50 lakh cash award to ‘golden girl’ Rahi Sarnobat

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Rahi Jeevan Sarnobat competes during the women's 25m pistol shooting final during the 2018 Asian Games. Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government today announced a cash award of Rs 50 lakh for Rahi Sarnobat, who became the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the Asian Games. Rahi pipped her nearest rival from Thailand to lift the gold in a nail-biting finish.

“I am happy to announce that Maharashtra Government will give Rs 50 lakh to the gold medal winners, Rs 30 lakh to silver medal winners and Rs 20 lakh to bronze medal winners of AsianGames 2018 from Maharashtra,” Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted.

The 27-year-old held her nerve to pip Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon in a heart-stopping contest after both were tied at 34 points following 10 series of five shots each, taking it to a shoot-off.

Rahi is a double gold medallist at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and had a bronze in the 25m pistol pairs event at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games. Soon after Rahi achieved the rare feat after a nerve-wracking 25m air pistol finals, her family members and neighbours burst into celebration at Kolhapur in western Maharashtra, from where she hails.