Abhishek Verma wins gold, seals Olympic quota

Abhishek Verma wins gold, seals Olympic quota

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New Delhi, Apr 27: Indian shooter Abhishek Verma on Saturday won the gold medal in the 10m Air Pistol event at the ISSF World Cup being held in Beijing.

With his brilliant performance in the Shooting World Cup final, he also secured a fifth Olympic quota for India. Earlier, Divyansh Panwar, Anjum Moudgil, Apurvi Chandela and Saurabh Choudhary secured India Olympic spots.

Verma, 29, scored 585 points in qualification and 242.7 points in the final taking home the yellow metal. Meanwhile, Russia's Artem Chernousov scored 586 points in qualification and 240.4 points in the final winning silver while Korea’s Seungwoo Han won bronze with 582 points in qualification and 220.0 points in the final.

He made his World Cup debut in New Delhi. The shooter however, failed to make the cut in the final at home. However, on Saturday, Abhishek shot a total of 585 points to qualify for the final at the fourth spot.

Verma who had won a bronze medal in the 10m Air Pistol event during his India debut at the Asian Games has little international exposure but is proving to be one of the finest shooters on the circuit.

Earlier, on Friday youngster shooter Divyansh Panwar clinched a silver in the 10-metre men's air rifle event and also secured a quota for 2020 Tokyo Olympic.

Divyansh's score in the final stood at 249 taking home silver which was very near to Zicheng Hui of China who took gold scoring 249.4 while Russia's Grigorii Shamakov settled for bronze with score 227.5.

There were two quotas for the Olympics on offer in the final. The other spot went to Shamakov, however, as Zicheng was ineligible. On Thursday Divyansh also fetched gold in the 10-metre air rifle mixed team event along with Anjum Moudgil.

In the 10m air rifle event the Indian shooter stood at third spot in the qualification round and amongst 8 shooters reached the final of the event. In the 60 round shot, Divyansh scored 629.2.

In other events of the day in the men's 25m Rapid Fire Adarsh Singh scored 583 in the qualification round standing at 10th spot while Anish Bhanvala 578 at 22nd position and Arpit Goyal with a score of 575 stood at 29th spot.

For Divyansh, this was only his second appearance at a World Cup. He had participated in the World Cup in New Delhi earlier this year, where there had been no Olympic quotas on offer. He had failed to qualify for the final back in February.

At the end of day 7, India now stands on top in medal standings with 3 gold, 1 silver with overall medal tally to 4 while China is placed at no 2 and Russia 3rd. (UNI)