ISSF World Cup: Rahi Sarnobat bags gold while Manu Bhaker finished seventh

Rahi Sarnobat dominated the 25m pistol event to return with a gold medal while Manu Bhaker struggled in the World Cup.

Rahi Sarnobat
Rahi Sarnobat

Rahi Sarnobat has clinched the gold medal in the 25m pistol event at the ISSF World Cup. Sarnobat scored 39 points in the final to complete a dominating victory in Croatia. France’s Mathilde Lamole finished second with 31 points while Vitalina Batsarashkina bagged the bronze medal with 28 points to her name.

Rahi was in the lead from the get-go and held her nerves to bag the World Cup title. Manu on the other hand finished seventh in the event. Bhaker didn’t have a great start in the final and was unable to bounce back, ending her journey on a disappointing note. The young shooter is India’s brightest medal hope at the Tokyo Olympics and it is great news that Sarnobat has also found her footing ahead of the main event.

Rahi Sarnobat’s journey to the final

Rahi Sarnobat
Rahi Sarnobat

On day 1 of qualifications, Rahi Sarnobat was placed 3rd with 295-14x after the precision stage. Rahi had a great chance of qualifying since the rapid-fire stage scheduled for tomorrow is her stronger suit. Manu, who was placed 9th with 292-13x, had a fair chance and eventually made it to the final.

Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary earlier had reached the final of 10m air pistol mixed team event. They faced off against the Russian duo of Vitalina Batsarashkina and Artem Chernousov in the final. However, the consistency of the Russians deterred the Indians from picking up the title at the World Cup. The winning streak of the young Indians unfortunately stopped, but they managed to bag a silver medal which was a great feat.

Also read: ISSF Shooting World Cup 2021: Saurabh Chaudhary clinches bronze as Manu and Yashaswini Deswal falter in finals