India had another disappointing day at the ISSF World Cup as many of the country’s top shooting prospects failed to live upto the expectations.
Anish Bhanwala disappingly finished fifth in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol category at Dr. Karni Singh Shooting range in New Delhi on Tuesday. In the qualifiers for the final, the 16-year-old had scored a career-best and national record score of 588.
However, in the six-man final, Bhanwala lost his way after getting a steady start. Anish was 4th after 3 hits apiece in the two opening series. The youngster then had a perfect 5 in the next series, propelling him to third. Olympic gold medalist Christian Reitz of Germany ultimately won the title.
However, may be the overwhelming home support got to him since Amish could manage only one hit in his next series, pushing him down to the fifth. Nonetheless, he survived by beating France’s Christian Bessaguet in the eliminators.
While the Frenchman hit 3 shots on target, Anish hit 4. However, the Bhanwala then then put up another disappointing show in the next series, hitting the target only on two occasions.
Christian Reitz dazzled the gathering with his sublime performances, fittingly justifying why he is one of the best in the business.
The Olympian missed just 5 targets out of a possible 40 in the final to defeat China’s defending world champion and World No.1 Lin Junmin by 35-31.
South Korea’s former world champion Kim Junhong went home with the bronze medal with a hit of 22.
Manu, Sidhu Disappoint
Earlier in the day, India’s star medal prospects Heena Sidhu and Manu Bhaker harrowingly failed to qualify for the ISSF World Cup women’s 10-metre air pistol final. While Manu ended at the tenth spot with 573 points in the relay 1, Heena finished 14th with 571.
Indians did not have luck in the Women’s 50m Rifle shooting event as well. N. Gaayathri of India shot 1,163 to finish at the 36th place, while debutant Sunidhi Chauhan shot 1,156 to end at the 49th position. Switzerland’s Nina Christen shot 457.1 in the 3 positions of the final to clinch gold.
The silver medal and along with an Olympic quota went to China’s Shi Mengyao who shot 456.6.
In fact, China won the maximum of 5 from 14 Tokyo 2020 Olympic quota places up for grabs at the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi. Hungary, on the other hand, lead the medal tally with 3 gold medals.The European country’s incredible performance in the competition is fuelled by Veronica Major, who doubled her gold medal tally on day 4.
Meanwhile India has two golds to its name, one each from Apurvi Chandela and Saurabh Chaudhary.