3 Indian shooters – Manu Bhaker, Elavenil Valarivan, Divyansh Panwar – all bag gold in ISSF World Cup Final

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It was a glorious day for India in Putian, China as the country’s young shooters Manu Bhaker, Elavenil Valarivan and Divyansh Panwar, all won gold medals in their respective categories and produced India’s best ever performance in the ISSF World Cup Finals on Thursday.

17-year-old Manu Bhaker bagged gold with a junior world record in the women’s 10m air pistol event, while Elavenil Valarivan, the 20-year-old claimed the podium in the women’s 10m air rifle competition. And another teen sensation Divyansh Panwal, put the icing on the cake by finishing with top honours in the men’s 10m air rifle category with a final score of 250.1.

In her finals, Bhaker shot 244.7 and claimed the top prize in ISSF’s season-ending tournamen and her compatriot Yashaswini Singh Deswal, in the same category finished sixth in the final.

Elavenil on the other-hand shot a score of 250.8 and edged past Lin Ying-Shin of Taiwan (250.7) with Romania’s Laura-Georgeta Coman finished third with a score of 229.

Mehuli Ghosh, another promising Indian shooter also qualified for the same event’s final but ended sixth, scoring 163.8.

In the men’s 10m air rifle category, Divyansh qualified third for the final with a score of 627.1 and produced his best to claim the top prize over Hungary’s Istvan Peni (250) and Slovakia’s Patrik Jany (228.4).

India currently sit on top of the medals tally with three gold medals, followed by China (two gold, one silver, one bronze).

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