India top medal tally in Beijing Shooting WC

SPORTS REPORTER
Monday, 29 April 2019

India topped the charts with a haul of three gold and one silver medal and as hosts China followed with two gold two silver and one bronze for a total medal haul of five. In the last edition in New Delhi, India had jointly topped the standings along with Hungary.

PUNE: India finished on top of the medal standings for the second consecutive ISSF World Cup, the third time in two years. The concluding day of the ISSF World Cup in Beijing, however, belonged to two women legends of the sport--two-time former Olympic champion Maria Grozdeva of Bulgaria and Croatian Rifle legend Snjezana Pejcic, who won the two scheduled finals of the day, the 25m Pistol and the 50m Rifle 3 Positions (3P).

India topped the charts with a haul of three gold and one silver medal and as hosts China followed with two gold two silver and one bronze for a total medal haul of five. In the last edition in New Delhi, India had jointly topped the standings along with Hungary.

For India Anjum Moudgil and young Divyansh Singh Panwar started the medal hunt with a gold in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team competition, the teenaged pair of Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary backed them up with a gold in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team Pistol event.

Divyansh then won India’s first individual medal by winning silver in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle and then on Saturday, Abhishek Verma in Men’s 10m Air Pistol won India their third gold of the World Cup.

In the first final on Sunday, the 46-year old Maria, champion in the 25m Pistol at the Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2004 Olympics, shot 36 in the final to beat a couple of young rising stars of the event in World No 1 Anna Korakaki of Greece and Veronika Major of Hungary, who was fresh from a double gold in the New Delhi World Cup.

The Hungarian settled for silver while Anna was pushed to bronze medal position. Maria along with Monika Karsch of Germany who finished fourth, bagged the two Tokyo 2020 quota places up for grabs in the event.

Indian interest in the event was limited to the qualifying stage of the competition where Manu Bhaker’s finals hopes were dashed when she shot 586 in qualifying to finish in 17thposition.

Asian Games champion Rahi Sarnobat managed 579 for a 26th place finish, while Chinki Yadav shot 570 to end in 56th position.

In the women’s 3P, Beijing Olympic medalist and winner of 17 World Cup medals including eight golds, Croatia’s Snjezana Pejcic triumphed with a final round score of 464.

Bae Sang Hee of Korea won silver with 459.5 while Jeanette Hegg Duestad of Norway won bronze with 447.1. The Korean and the Norweigian also walked away with the two quota places.

Among the three Indians in the fray, N. Gaayathri finished 19th with a score of 1169 in qualification, while Sunidhi Chauhan shot 1160 to end in 42nd spot. Kajal Saini, was placed 60th with a qualification round score of 1142.

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