Indian shooters finished the 2018 ISSF World Shooting Championships with their best ever performance. At the 52nd edition of the tournament in Changwon, South Korea, the Indian shooters managed to win a total of seven medals in the senior category. The seven medals included two golds, four silvers and one bronze medal.
India finished on the ninth spot with China leading the way with a total of 21 medals, nine of which were gold.
Senior Men’s Results
In the men’s 50m pistol event, Om Prakash Mitharwal clinched the gold medal with a score of 564. Mitharwal, along with Shahzar Rizvi and Abhishek Verma won a silver in the men’s 10m air pistol team event. The second gold came in the men’s double trap event. 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, Ankur Mittal, achieved his career-best triumph after winning the medal.
He teamed up with Asab Mohd and Shardul Vihan to get a bronze in the men’s double trap team event. It was Ankur’s third medal at the World Championships.
Gurpreet Singh won a silver medal in the men’s 25m standard pistol event. It was the first World Championship medal for the 30-year old. The men’s team in the standard pistol team event missed out on the bronze medal after Gurpreet, Amanpreet Singh and Vijay Kumar finished fourth with a score of 1699.
Senior Women’s Results
After a disappointing 2018 Asian Games, Anjum Moudgil made a roaring comeback at the World Shooting Championships. She became the only Indian woman shooter to win a medal in the 10m Air Rifle event. Anjum won a silver medal behind Hana Im of Korea. Apurvi Chandela finished fourth in the event, earning India two quota places for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The women’s team of Anjum Moudgil, Apurvi Chandela and Mehuli Ghosh won a silver medal in the team event of 10m Air Rifle to give India another medal.
Junior shooters leave seniors behind
While the senior team managed to bring laurels to the nation, the junior shooters of the team were not far behind. With a total of 20 medals from the junior team, Indian contingent returned home with 11 gold, nine silver and seven bronze medals. This was India’s best-ever finish at the World Shooting Championships.
The juniors won nine gold, five silver and six bronze medals. The Indian junior shooters finished on the second spot after China, who won just two gold medals more than the Indians.
The 2018 Asian Games gold medallist, Saurabh Chaudhary, won a gold in the 10m air pistol event. He also broke his own world record with a score of 245.5 points. India’s Arjun Singh Cheema won the bronze medal in the same category. The duo teamed with Anmol Anmol to win a silver in the team event of 10 m air pistol.
Indian shooters showed their complete dominance in the men’s 25m pistol, 25m standard pistol, 50m pistol and the Double trap events. They went on to win the gold medal in each of the individual and team events. Along with that, Gaurav Rana won a bronze in the 50m pistol event and Shapath Bharadwaj got another bronze in the double trap event.
The Indian skeet and trap team won silver medals in their respective events, while Gurnihal Singh Garcha won a bronze in the skeet event. Hriday Hazarika won a gold in the 10m air rifle event.
Junior women’s results
In the women’s junior 10m air rifle event, Elavenil Valarivan and Shreya Agrawal clinched a silver and a bronze respectively. The trio of Valarivan, Agrawal and Manini Kaushik brought home a gold in the team event of 10m air rifle. They also broke the juniors world record on their way to the gold medal.
Manisha Keer won a silver medal in the trap individual event.
In the mixed team events, the pairs of Shreya Agrawal / Divyansh Singh Panwar and Abhidnya Ashok Patil / Saurabh Chaudhary won a bronze each in 10m air rifle and air pistol event respectively.