ISSF World Cup 2019: Indian Shooters Have Done the Unthinkable!

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Highlights

  • Indian shooters created history on Thursday by winning a staggering 5 gold medals at the ISSF World Cup in Munich.
  • Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary won their third mixed gold medal.
  • 17-year-old Divyansh Singh Panwar and Anjum Moudgil defeated Deepak Kumar and Apurvi Chandela by a comprehensive margin in the 10m air rifle event.

Indian shooters created history on Thursday by winning a staggering 5 gold medals at the ISSF World Cup in Munich. The country won two gold medals along with a silver in the mixed team events on the final day to cap their best ever performance in World Cup.

In fact, the dominance was such that the 10m air rifle event witnessed two Indian teams pitted against one another other for the gold medal match-up. It was 17-year-old Divyansh Singh Panwar and Anjum Moudgil who defeated Deepak Kumar and Apurvi Chandela by a comprehensive margin of 16-2 points. The Belarusian pair of Ilia Charheika and Maria Martynova came third after a thrilling bronze-medal match against Austria’s Alexander Schmirl and Olivia Hofmann that ended 16-14.

This became the second consecutive World Cup gold for Divyansh and Anjum, having earlier won he yellow metal in Beijing.

“This is our second gold in the new format and it has been fun to shoot with Divyansh,” said Anjum. The duo shot a combined 631.9 to go top of the eight-team standings in the first stage of the finals. Deepak and Apurvi came second with a score of 630.2.

Saurabh – Manu Continue to Dominate

Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary continued to dominate the 10m mixed team air pistol event, winning gold medal in all three World Cups this year. The teenagers had topped in the New Delhi as well as the Beijing World Cups. They had also clinched four gold medals at the Asian Airgun Championships in Chinese-Taipei for this season.

Manu and Saurabh were on target right from first round, consistently topping the 76-team field with a score of 586 before consolidating the lead in the round two with 591. Saurabh even shot a 100 in his last series.

Ukraine’s former Olympic champion Olena Kostevych and Oleh Omelchuk gave stiff competition in the gold-medal match.

Although Manu and Saurabh were ahead, Olena and Omelchuk soon caught up at 6-6. The Indian duo, however, managed to win the next three series to lead 12-6. Even though the Ukrainians managed to level one series and won one, Manu and Saurabh stepped up to win 17-9.

As a result of the incredible performances, India is at the top of the medal tally with 5 gold medals and 1 silver. China comes in at the second place with nine medals — 2 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze medals.

Apurvi Chandela (10m air rifle women), Rahi Sarnobat (25m pistol women) and Saurabh Chaudhary (10m air pistol men) had earlier won individual gold medals.


Monish Gadiya is an editor at KreedOn. He is a thorough tech-enthusiast and believes that innovation is the answer to all the problems prevalent in the society. Monish graduated from University of Pune with a degree in civil engineering before pursuing a post-graduate diploma course in intellectual property rights. A die-hard football fan, he has represented his college at various football competitions.

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