ISSF World Championship: Junior Shooters Add Silver, Bronze Medal to India Tally

ISSF World Championship: Junior Shooters Add Silver, Bronze To India

India's youth pitchers delivered the first set of skeet medals at the ISSF World Championship on Tuesday: a silver medal for the men's team and an individual bronze won by Gurnihal Singh Garcha. Prior to this edition of the world championship, India had won all its shotgun medals in the trap and double trap disciplines. This will be the first time that the Indian skeet shooters will return with medals from the premiere competition. The trio of Gurnihal (119), Anantjeet Singh Naruka (117) and Ayush Rudraraju (119) combined for a score of 355 for a second place in the final. The three had passed the first day of the qualifying team on Monday.

Gurnihal, 19, also made the six-man singles final, scoring 46 points to take the individual bronze, the biggest achievement of his international career so far. The Italian Elia Sdruccioli won the gold with a score of 55, while the American Nic Moschetti won the silver with 54.

India ranks fourth in total medals with seven gold medals, eight silver and seven bronze medals for a total of 20 in the first round of the International Sport Shooting Federation (ISSF), which is also the first qualifying event for the 2020 Olympic Games.

The gold medal in the team event was won by the Czech Republic with a score of 356, while the bronze went to the Italian team, which had a score of 354.

In the 3-position women's 50-meter rifle competition, the Indian team finished 14th with a score of 3383. Bhakti Khamkar (1132), Shirin Godara (1130) and Ayushi Podder (1121) formed the team and neither managed sort out. for individual finals.

There was no end to the disappointment of seniors with the female skeet team that finished ninth with a score of 319.

Rashmi Rathore (108), Maheshwari Chauhan (106) and Ganemat Sekhon (105) could not qualify for the individual finals. India has secured two Olympic quotas, making it the best performance in the country in the World Championship.

Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela secured quota places for the Olympic Games by winning a silver medal and finishing fourth, respectively, in the 10m women's air rifle event.

Although the two fencers have secured quotas, according to the established policy, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) will make the final decision on the selection, based on the aggregate scores of the shooters (in international tournaments and selection events). ) prior to the Olympic Games. .