Pune: National Champion Anish Bhanwala won the Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Gold at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney as he got the better of China’s Zhipeng Cheng 29-27 in the 40-shot final on Monday.
Anish, who had in January broken the world record in the same event with a score of 37 at the National Trials--though scores at nationals are not considered for world records--topped the qualification round before that by quite a distance.
Anish shot 585 while the second-placed qualifier, China’s Jueming Zhang, managed 579, a good six points behind.
In the final, Anish and Zhipeng were fastest off the blocks shooting four out of five after the first five-shot series and the Haryana teenager went ahead 9-8 after the second series itself, maintaining a gap of two over Zhipeng throughout to clinch the his first Junior World Cup Gold.
He also teamed up with Anhad Jawanda and Adarsh Singh to win the team silver in the event with a combined score of 1714, behind China, who shot 1733 for the gold medal.
Anhad and another Indian Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu, also reached the individual final, finishing fourth and sixth eventually.
The 15-year-old—who placed 7th in this event at the ISSF World Cup Stage 1 in Guadalajara, Mexico, earlier this month—led the match since its very first stage, as he was the only shooter able to nail a perfect 5-hit series.
Indeed, after recording the highest qualification score with 585, Anish concluded with 29 total hits, pocketing the first international gold medal.
Appearing in his second final at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney, Anhad Jawanda finished just outside of the medal positions, finishing in 4th place with 17 hits and improving from the 7th position he obtained two days ago in the Air Pistol event.
Jawanda was followed by the third Chinese final participant—19-year-old Pan Junchen, who scored 12 hits and took 5th place in his maiden Junior World Cup start.
Eliminated after four series, India’s 15-year-old Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu signed off with 7 and placed sixth in the first international appearance of his career at this level.
The bronze medal was awarded to a second Indian team, composed of Sandhu, Japtyesh Singh Jaspal and Mandeep Singh.