Hriday Hazarika of India won the gold in the 10-meter air rifle at the World Championships of the International Sporting Federation (ISSF) on Friday. Hazarika, the only Indian to qualify for the men's final with a total score of 627.3, was tied at 250.1 with Iranian Mohammed Amir Nekounam in the final. But the 17-year-old Indian remained calm in a tiebreaker to secure gold for India. While Mohammed Amir secured the silver medal, Grigorii Shamakov of Russia took home the bronze medal. Adding to the medal account of India, the women's team won the gold, as they combined to record a new world record.
The 10m female air rifle team of Elavenil Valarivan (631), Shreya Agarwal (628.5) and Manini Kaushik (621.2) produced a brilliant performance to score a total of 1880.7.
The score of Elavenil, gold medalist in the youth world cup, was also a new youth world record. The men's team, consisting of Hazarika, Divyansh Panwar and Arjun Babuta, finished in fourth place with a combined total of 1872.3.
There was disillusionment for the country in the competition of three positions of rifles of the 50 meters masculine, since none of the Indians in the fight managed to arrive at the end.
The Asian Games silver medalist, Sanjeev Rajput, was the Indian with the lowest score in the 58th place with a score of 1158.
Swapnil Kusale was 55th with a score of 1161, while Akhil Sheoran took the 44th place with 1167. The Indian team, made up of the trio, finished 11th with a total of 3503.
(With the PTI entries)