- Rahi Sarnobat and Saurabh Chaudhary win gold at ISSF World Cup
- Saurabh set a new world record with the score of 246.3 in 10 m air pistol
- Rahi booked a place for Tokyo Olympics
With two gold medals, a Tokyo Olympics berth and a world record secured, it was a great day for India at the ISSF World Cup in Munich. Rahi Sarnobat and Saurabh Chaudhary won gold medals in their respective events after Apurvi Chandela’s gold on Sunday.-- Advertisement --
Rahi Sarnobat won gold in 25 m pistol which also ensured her ticket for the next year’s Olympic Games. Saurabh Chaudhary was on fire throughout the tournament, winning gold and also setting a new record in the process. The 17-year old scored 246.3 in the 10 m air pistol to break his own record of 245 which he set at the Delhi World Cup.
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India at the World Cup:
India’s performance throughout the ISSF World Cup has been simply sensational with 9 gold medals, more than any other country. Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma have already booked a place for the Olympic Games with a gold in 10 m air pistol event at Delhi and Beijing, respectively.-- Advertisement --
Apurvi Chandela’s gold in Munich was her second top of the podium finish in women’s 10 m air rifle after gold in Delhi in February. Indians have also grabbed three gold medals in the mixed team event, two for the team of Saurabh Chaudary and Manu Bhaker in 10 m air pistol and one for Divyansh Singh Panwar and Anjum Moudgil in 10 m air rifle.
But there was also a sense of disappointment in the Indian camp on Monday due to Manu Bhaker’s elimination. The 17-year old looked all set to book a second Olympic quota in 25m pistol but her weapon malfunction forced her elimination. Manu’s weapon failed twice in the seventh series of the final, forcing her exit while she was leading.-- Advertisement --
Before her elimination, Manu was at her best, scoring a perfect five in the first series. Going into the seventh series, she was joint first with Rahi Sarnobat and Ukraine’s Olena Kostevych.
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More Indian shooters will be expected to join for various events at the 2020 Tokyo Games, as the nation’s medal hopes will be on their shoulders. The country will look to move on from the disappointing Rio performance where Indian shooters failed to bag a medal after Abhinav Bindra’s historic gold in 2008 and two medals in London 2012.