Teenage shooter Vijayveer Sidhu packs gold in junior category, Gurpreet Singh wins senior silver medal in ISSF World Championship

Teenage Shooter Vijayveer Sidhu Bags Gold In Junior Category, Gurpreet Singh Wins Senior Silver At ISSF World Championships

The Indian shooters made the country proud on Friday after earning one silver in the senior category and two gold medals in the youth category of the ISSF World Championship in Changwon, South Korea. The Arjuna prize winner, Gurpreet Singh, took a silver medal in the senior men's standard pistol event, while Vijayveer Sidhu, 16, took the gold in the standard 25m pistol event for young men. The podium of Sidhu's individual summit came after he combined with Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu and Adarsh ​​Singh to claim the team's gold on the last day of competition from the International Sport Shooting Federation (ISSF).

India placed third in the medal count with 11 gold, nine silver and seven bronze medals for a total of 27, making this their best performance in the masterpiece.

Sidhu, who finished fourth with the 25-meter pistol on Thursday, scored an individual score of 572 to finish ahead of Korean Lee Gunheyok (570) and Chinese Haojie Zhu 565).

In the team competition, Sidhu, Sandhu (564) and Adarsh ​​Singh (559) totaled 1695 to reach the top honors with Korea (1693) and Czech Republic (1674) complying with the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

Adarsh ​​Singh achieved a fourth place in the individual competition. In the senior competition, Gurpreet Singh made sure that the contingent signed a positive note with his money.

The former gold medalist of the Commonwealth Games shot a score of 579 to finish second behind Ukrainian Pavlo Korostylov, who released a score of 581.

The bronze medal went to Koreas Kim Junhong, who obtained the same score as the Indian but had less than 10 to his credit.

India finished fourth in the team event with Gurpreet, Amanpreet Singh (560) and London Olympic Games silver medalist Vijay Kumar (560) combining for a score of 1699.

The junior women's skeet team from India finished in a creditable fourth place with the trio of Simranpreet Kaur, Parinaaz Dhaliwal and Areeba Khan, totaling 318.

None of them managed to qualify for the individual final. However, Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela secured quota spots for the 2020 Olympic Games by winning a silver and finishing fourth, respectively, in the women's 10-meter 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.

(With PTI entries)