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Shooting World Cup: Yashaswini shoots pistol gold; Manu claims silver

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Laxmi Negi
Last updated on: March 20, 2021 21:24 IST
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Yashaswini Singh Deswal

Yashaswini Singh Deswal won gold in the women's 10 metres air pistol. Photograph: Kind courtesy, ISSF/Twitter

India's Yashaswini Singh Deswal personified consistency and calm on her way to winning the gold medal in the women's 10 metres air pistol ahead of the celebrated Manu Bhaker in the ISSF World Cup, in New Delhi, on Saturday.

Deswal shot 238.8 to comfortably finish on top of the podium in the eight-woman final while Bhaker scored 236.7 to settle for the silver medal.

Viktoria Chaika of Belarus bagged the bronze medal with 215.9 at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.

The other Indian in the final, Shri Nivetha, started well but had to eventually settle for fourth place with 193.5.

Earlier, the 23-year-old Deswal also topped the qualifications with qualifications with 579, her sequence of scores reading 99, 96, 97, 97, 98, 92.

Bhaker, 19, shot a total of 577 for second place (94, 95, 97, 95, 98, 98), while Nivetha shot 574 and was placed fourth (97, 96, 94, 94, 97, 97) in qualification.

Both Deswal and Bhaker are Tokyo Olympics quota holders.

Divyansh wins bronze in 10m air rifle

Divyansh Singh Panwar

Divyansh Singh Panwar won bronze in the men's 10m air rifle. Photograph: Kind courtesy, Divyansh Singh Panwar/Instagram

World number one Divyansh Singh Panwar opened India's medals tally with a bronze in the men's 10m air rifle on the second day of competition.

The 18-year-old shot 228.1 to finish third on the podium at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.

The other Indian participant in the final, Arjun Babuta, finished in fifth place after three scores below 10 in the eight-man final.

 

American Lucas Kozeniesky claimed the gold medal with 249.8, while Istvan Peni of Hungaria bagged silver with 249.7.

A 10.6 and 10.3 in the seventh series saw Divyansh survive elimination as Sergey Richter of Israel fell behind.

Divyansh, a Tokyo Olympic quota holder, shot 10.6 before bowing out with the bronze medal.

The win will do a world of good to the Jaipur-based Divyansh's confidence as he braces for the Tokyo Games.

He was placed sixth in the 60-shot qualification with a total of 629.1 while Babuta was third with 631.8.

In the final, Babuta had one 9.9 in the first series followed by another 9.9 and 9.7 in the second. Under pressure, the 22-year-old Babuta began the fourth series with one more 9.9 before being eliminated at fifth place with 185.5. 

Chaudhary, Verma win silver and bronze

India's Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma settled for the silver and bronze medals respectively in the men's 10m air pistol final.

The fancied world No. 4 Chaudhary was humbled in the final shot by Iran's Javed Foroughi, currently ranked 107th in the ISSF rankings.

Foroughi, who had only 14 seconds on the clock to fire his final shot, scored a winning 10.5 after the 18-year-old Chaudhary managed 9.8 in his last attempt of the gold medal round.

Foroughi shot a total of 243.6 to claim the top prize and Chaudhary fired 243.2 to win silver while Verma aggregated 221.8 to bag the bronze at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.

Former world number one Indian Shahzar Rizvi bowed out in fifth place with a score of 177.1.

Three successive 9.6 by the Iranian opened a window of opportunity for Chaudhary, but the 41-year-old Foroughi sealed the issue in his favour with his last shot in an exciting final.

Earlier in the day, Youth Olympic and Asian Games gold medallist Chaudhary topped the qualifications with 587 after a sequence of series that read 96 98 97 98 99 99.

Verma was second with 583 after a series of 96, 98, 99, 97, 97, 96 while Rizvi was fourth with 580 (98, 97, 97, 97, 95, 96).

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