ISSF World Cup Preview
Indian shooters will be looking forward to extending their domination at the ISSF World Cup 2019 Munich, Germany. The Rifle/Pistol competition will commence from 24th May and will go on till 31st May.
The shooters will be returning to the third chapter of the ISSF World Series at the back of brilliant performances in Beijing. Having already won 5 Olympic quota places so far, more Olympic quotas will be targeted at in the upcoming event.
In this regards, the National federation has asked Anjum Moudgil, who has already qualified for the Olympics, to relinquish her spot in the rifle 3-position event. In her place, Gaayathri Nithyanandam will be handed a chance of securing the Olympic quota.
Elsewhere, the men’s rapid fire pistol shooters Adarsh Singh and Anish Bhanwala will be hoping to make the best of the three Olympic quotas on offer in the event.
Olympian and Asian Games gold medallist Rahi Sarnobat will be also be hopeful of winning the women’s 25-metre sports pistol quota.
India’s Performances in Beijing
Indian shooters were in top form at the Beijing edition of the Rifle/Pistol event of the World Series. The country finished at the top of the medal tally with four medals – 3 gold and 1 silver, ahead of the hosts China (2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze). In the first edition at New Delhi as well, India had finished as the joint toppers in the standings along with Hungary.
Anjum Moudgil and young Divyansh Singh Panwar opened the account with a brilliant gold in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team competition. They were followed by the sensational teenaged pair of Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary who won another yellow metal in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team Pistol event.
After his antiques with Anjum, Divyansh went on to win India’s first individual medal by winning a silver medal in the men’s 10m Air Rifle category. With that, the youngster also an Olympic quota in men’s air rifle.
The dominating performance was topped by Asian Games bronze medalist Abhishek Verma who won India’s third gold in men’s 10m Air Pistol event. The lawyer’s victory also won him a men’s air pistol Olympic quota in the discipline.
Abhishek Verma shoots GOLD for INDIA!
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The concluding day of the ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol Beijing 2019 saw two legendary shooters, Bulgaria’s two-time former Olympic champion Maria Grozdeva and Croatia’s Rifle legend Snjezana Pejcic, give their best. The duo won the two scheduled finals of the day in the 25m Pistol and the 50m Rifle 3 Positions (3P) respectively.
As things stands, India leads the line with 6 gold medals with US following in close pursuit with 5 gold medals. It is happening for the third time in two years that India is at the top position of ISSF’s medal tally.
|10||South Korea (KOR)||1||2||6||9|
|Day||Date||Time||Event||Indian Players in Action|
|SUNDAY||26/05||17:00||Final 10m Air Rifle Women||Apurvi Chandela, Mehuli Ghosh|
|MONDAY||27/05||16:00||Final 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men|
|17:45||Final 10m Air Pistol Men||Abhishek Verma, Saurabh Chaudhary|
|19:15||Final 25m Pistol Women||Rahi Sarnobat|
|TUESDAY||28/05||16:45||Final 10m Air Rifle Men||Divyansh Singh Panwar|
|WEDNESDAY||29/05||14:00||Final 50m Rifle 3 Positions Women|
|17:45||Final 10m Air Pistol Women||Manu Bhaker, Heena Sidhu,|
|21:00||Final 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men|
|THURSDAY||30/05||15:30||Final 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team||Anjum Moudgil & Divyansh Singh Panwar|
|18:30||Final 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team||Manu Bhaker & Saurabh Chaudhary|
About ISSF World Cup
The 2019 ISSF World Cup is ISSF World Cup’s annual edition in the Olympic shooting events. It is governed by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF). The World Cup series is important considering they are official qualification tournaments for the 2020 Olympic Games.
Of the 5 scheduled events, two have already taken place at New Delhi (20-28 Feb) and Beijing (21-29 April) while the upcoming events will be held at Munich, Germany (24-31 May) and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (26 August-03 September). The venue and schedule of the World Series Finals are yet to be decided.