Olympic-bound shooter Anjum Moudgil breaches final qualification marks at European Championship

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After the disappointing performance in the World Cup back home, Tokyo-bound Indian shooter Anjum Moudgil redeemed herself with a stunning performance at the ongoing European Championship in Croatia.

Moudgil clocked a score of 1173, a massive improvement compared to her score of 1162 in the World Cup, to breach into the final qualification mark in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions event at the tournament hosted in the city of Osijek on Sunday.

As a guest invitee of the 13-member Indian contingent currently stationed in Croatia for the championship, Moudgil had taken part in the Minimum Qualification Score (MQS) section, finishing third.

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Moudgil’s compatriot and veteran shooter Tejaswini Sawant came in fourth in the MQS section, posting a score of 1172. Franziska Stark of Switzerland, who scored the same as Moudgil but had one less inner-10 score, clinched the eighth and final spot in the 16-strong section.

The MQS was topped by Lessia Leskiv of Ukraine who scored 1177, followed by Najmeh Khedmati from Iran who came in second with a score of 1174.

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Hailing from Chandigarh, Moudgil secured her Tokyo Olympics berth at the 2018 ISSF Shooting World Championships in Changwon, in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions as well as the 10m air rifle mixed team events.

The 27-year-old, who is a Sub Inspector (SI) with Punjab Police, clinched double silver at the World Championships three years back, in the 10 m air rifle and 10 m team air rifle categories.

The same year, Moudgil secured another silver at the Commonwealth Games, in the 50 m rifle 3 positions event. In 2019, she claimed the world No 2 spot in ISSF women’s 10m Air Rifle rankings, and also the number 1 spot in the women’s 50 m rifle 3 positions rankings.

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