ISSF World Cup: Gurnihal Singh clinches bronze

ISSF World Cup: Gurnihal Singh clinches bronze

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New Delhi, Sep 11: India's Gurnihal Singh Garcha clinched bronze, while in the same event, the Indian junior men’s skeet team got silver at the ISSF World Championships, here on Tuesday.

Gurnihal (19), also made the six-strong individual final, where he scored 46 to claim the individual bronze, the biggest achievement of his international career, so far. The trio of Gurnihal (119), Anantjeet Singh Naruka (117) and Ayush Rudraraju (119) scored 355 for a second-place finish in the finals.

So far, India have won seven gold, eight silver and seven bronze medals for a total of 20 at the premier International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), taking India to fourth place in the overall medals' tally.

However, in the junior women's 50m rifle 3 position competition, the Indian team signed off 14th with a score of 3383. Bhakti Khamkar (1132), Shirin Godara (1130) and Ayushi Podder (1121) could not qualify for the individual finals. There was also disappointment from the seniors' side, as the women's skeet team ended ninth with a score of 319.

Rashmi Rathore (108), Maheshwari Chauhan (106) and Ganemat Sekhon (105) could not qualify for the individual finals. In the women's 10m air rifle event, Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela secured quota places for Olympics by winning a silver and finishing fourth, respectively.

India's junior men's skeet team claimed pole position on the first day of the qualifiers in the ongoing ISSF World Championship in Changwon, Korea, but failed to fetch any medals on Monday. In men's 25m rapid fire pistol event, Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Anish Bhanwala (15), failed to reach the finals, out by three points.

However, on day one of the junior men's skeet qualifiers. Gurnihal Singh shot 73 out of 75, to be in second place, Anantjeet Singh Naruka 71 got the 11th position, while Ayush Rudraraju shot 70, to take up the individual 12th place. (UNI)