- Apurvi Chandela won the gold medal in women's 10m air rifle at the ISSF World Cup Munich on Sunday
- The 26-year-old shot 251 points in the final
- This was Chandela's second gold after Delhi World Cup
Proving her dominance on the world stage time and again, Apurvi Chandela won the gold medal in women’s 10m air rifle at the ISSF World Cup Munich on Sunday. The 26-year-old shot 251 points in the final to beat Chinese opponent Luyao Wang’s score of 250.8. This became Chandela’s second gold of the year. She had earlier won the first in February at the Delhi World Cup.-- Advertisement --
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Disappointingly, her compatriot Elavenil Valarivan narrowly missed out on a bronze medal, having finished fourth behind Xu Hong of China. The 19-year-old, who was the champion at the junior event of the 2018 Sydney World Cup, shot 208.3 in comparison to Xu Hong who finished with a score of 229.4.
Indian shooters are in the fray for clinching 12 of the 17 Tokyo Olympic quotas on offer in Munich. The country has already secured 5 quota places in pistol and rifle competitions.
Anjum Moudgil and Chandela were among the the first shooters to secure their places. Saurabh Chaudhary then went on to seal the 3rd quota place by scoring a world record at the Delhi World Cup in February.
The 4th and 5th spots were then taken up by Divyansh Singh Panwar and Abhishek Verma, respectively at the Beijing World Cup that concluded last month.
Therefore, the Indians had to forfeit their right to quotas in the men’s 10m air pistol events and women’s 10m air rifle. As a result of the Panwar’s victory in Beijing, only one Olympic quota is available in the men’s 10m air rifle event for India in Munich
Rahi Sarnobat in Strong Position
Rahi Sarnobat found herself in a dominating position of the women’s 25-metre sports pistol event, after shooting 294 out of 300 by the halfway stage. The Asian Games gold medallist is also fighting for an Olympic quota place.
The rapid fire section will now be shot on Monday which will then be followed by the final. Manu Bhaker had shot 289 in the event whereas Chinki Yadav could only manage 276. That performance has placed her at the 95th position among the 105 shooters.
Among the elimination round of the men’s 50-metre rifle 3-position, Chain Singh with 1174 and Parul Kumar with 1169 have done admirably well. However, Olympian Sanjeev Rajput could could manage just 1153, making it difficult for him to gain a berth in the qualification stage on Monday.
Women’s air rifle: 1. Apurvi Chandela 251.0 (633.0); 2. Wang Luyao
(China) 250.8 (631.9); 3. Xu Hong (China) 229.4 (630.8); 4. Elavenil
Valarivan 208.3 (632.7); 11. Anjum Moudgil 628.9. MQS: Shreya Agrawal
629.1; Mehuli Ghosh 624.5.
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