Olympic airgun events barring Rudrankksh Balasaheb Patil’s gold may have been a disappointment for the Indian contingent at the ISSF World Championships in Cairo but the nation is very much the leader so far when it comes to Junior events.
India won golds in all 3 Junior Team airgun events and won a gold and 2 bronzes in 25m RFP Junior events.
India currently are 2nd in the medal tally with 8 golds (7 of them in non-Olympic events) and 18 medals while China are leading with 18 golds and 36 medals.
Women’s 10m Air Pistol Team Junior
The Indian team of Shikha Narwal, Esha Singh and Varsha Singh defeated the Chinese team of Zhao Nan, Wang Siyu and Shen Yiyao 16-6 to win gold.
In the bronze match Korea beat USA 16-4.
The Indian team (855-22x, 576-17x) was 1st in Qualification Stage 1 and 2nd in Qualification Stage 2 behind China (855-21x, 578-17x).
In the Senior team competition, where India had won silver and China gold, the highest scores were 879-34x in Q1 and 576-15x in Q2, both by China. The Indian scores were 860-24x and 571-15x. Both teams scored more in Q1 and less in Q2 compared to their Junior counterparts.
Women’s 10m Air Rifle Team Junior
India’s Tilottama Sen, Nancy and Ramita beat China’s Liu Yafei, Shen Ying and Yang Lanlan 16-2 in the gold medal match.
Bronze went to Finland who beat Norway 17-9.
India (941.5, 627.6) topped both Q1 and Q2.
In the Senior event where India had won bronze, the highest Q1 and Q2 scores were 947.1 (Korea) and 631.2 (China) while Indian scores were 947 and 630.0.
Men’s 10m Air Rifle Team Junior
The Indian team of Sri Karthik Sabari Raj Ravishankar, Divyansh Singh Panwar and Vidit Jain defeated China’s Du Linshu, Zhu Mingshuai and Lei Haohan by a score of 17-11.
USA defeated Austria 17-7 in the bronze medal match.
India (937.9, 626.8) topped both Q1 and Q2.
India had won gold in the Senior event as well. India had placed 2nd in both Q1 and Q2 (945.2, 628.5) while China were 1st with 946.6 and 629.4.
Interestingly the Men’s Air Rifle Team qualification scores for all countries were lower than the corresponding Women’s Air Rifle Team scores in both Senior and Junior.
25m Rapid Fire Pistol Mixed Team Junior
India won 2 medals in this event.
India 2 (Payal Kuldeep Khatri and Adarsh Singh) beat China 1 (Feng Sixuan and Liu Yangpan) 17-9 in the gold medal match.
India 1 (Tejaswani and Sameer) defeated China 2 (Luo Zizhao, Wang Shiwen) in the bronze medal match.
Payal and Adarsh scored 567-12x to place 2nd in Q1 and were 1st in Q2 with 382-8x. Feng and Liu had scored 571-15x and 374-10x while Tejaswani and Sameer had scored 560-16x and 370-8x.
Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Team Junior
India (Sameer, Udhayveer Sidhu, Adarsh Singh) won bronze after defeating Italy 16-2.
In the gold medal match China (Yang Liu, Wang Shiwen, Liu Yangpan) beat Korea (Lee Seunghoon, Yoon Seoyeong, Hong Sukijn) 17-15.
Yesterday India’s Sameer had won the silver in the Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Junior individual competition.
Men’s 50m Pistol
Serbia’s Damir Mikec (567) won gold in this now non-Olympic event. China’s Zhang Bowen (564) and Ukraine’s Viktor Bankin (560) won silver and bronze respectively.
Among Indians Arjun Singh Cheema (557) finished 6th and Omkar Singh (550) finished 14th.
India’s Om Prakash Mitharval had won gold in this event at the 2018 Worlds.
Women’s 50m Pistol
China’s Jiang Ranxin (550), Austria’s Sylvia Steiner (543) and Azerbaijan’s Nigar Nasirova (539) won gold, silver and bronze respectively.