Indian Olympic quota winner Yashaswini Singh Deswal on Sunday won the 10m air pistol event in the fifth edition of the International Online Shooting Championship (IOSC). The world No 4 shot a score of 241.7 to win the title by a margin of 3.1 points.
The 23-year-old, who had won a gold at last year’s ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, shot the best qualification score of 577.
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Yashaswini took an early lead after the first ten shots and then completely dominated it to clinch her second back to back triumph in the finals. Previously in May, she had won the gold in the fourth edition of IOSC.
The runner up of the competition was Ahmed Nabil of Egypt while Yehya Shams took the third position. Meanwhile, Sylvia Steiner (an Olympic quota winner for Austria) clinched fourth place in the tournament.
“Online shooting is a good platform to train and compete, especially in this COVID-19 era. I would like to thank indianshooting.com for organising this competition,” said Yashaswini after her win.
Disappointed, Sylvia, who has been shooting since 1992, took positives from her debut in an online competition. “I am satisfied with the qualifying score but not with the final, and will need to improve,” she said.
About the two-day competition, former India shooter Shimon Sharif said, “This was the biggest ever among the five editions of IOSC organised by us so far. We had shooters from fifteen countries. I am happy that online shooting is becoming more popular among shooters. This is the future of our sport.”
10m Air Pistol: 1. Yashaswini Singh Deswal (India) 241.7 (577); 2. Ahmed Nabil (Egypt) 238.6 (567); 3. Yehya Shams (Egypt) 218.1 (575).