India’s dominance in the ISSF Shooting World Cup 2019 at Munich continued in Day 2 as Saurabh Chaudhary and Rahi Sarnobat clinched gold medal for the nation in the Men’s 10m Air Pistol and Women’s 25m Pistol event respectively. Apurvi Chandela opened India’s gold account on Sunday when she stood on the pole position at the Women’s 10m Air Rifle event.
ISSF Shooting World Cup 2019, Munich: Men’s 10m Air Pistol Event
Saurabh started the final round on a shaky note as he shot 9.3 in his first attempt. However, the 17-year-old held on to his nerves to shoot above 10.1 in the next five attempts.
Saurabh overtook Russia’s Artem Chersunov, who was ahead by 0.6 points in the first round, to maintain a slender lead. However, he held on to it in each of the eliminations to break his own World Record.
Usually, an Olympic quota is awarded to the winner of the event but Saurabh had already bagged one at the New Delhi World Cup. Shahzar Rizvi was the other Indian to reach the final round but finished fifth. Abhishek Verma, who also grabbed an Olympic quota, couldn’t qualify for the finals as he finished in the 30th position in the Qualifiers.
ISSF Shooting World Cup 2019, Munich: Women’s 25m Pistol Event
Rahi Sarnobat won the gold medal after scoring 37 points in the final round. Manu Bhaker, on the other hand, finished fifth and missed the opportunity to bag an Olympic quota after a pistol malfunction in the last round of shooting.
Rahi Sarnobat was awarded with an Olympic quota for her triumph. With that, India now has bagged six Olympic quotas.
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