Harpal Singh Bedi
New Delhi: It turned out to be a case of too near yet too far for Apurvi Chandela and Anjum Moudgil as the Indian shooters missed to make it to the podium at the ISSF World Cup in Beijing on Tuesday.
They displayed great shooting form reaching yet another World Cup final, but eventually finished just outsides the medals this time around.
The two Air Rifle exponents eased into the Women’s 10m finals with solid scores, making it their fifth ISSF final in less than two years, including the World Championship finals last year.
World record holder Apurvi in-fact topped the qualification charts with a solid 630.9 after 60 shots while Anjum her teammate from Punjab qualified fourth out of 107 shooters, with a score of 629.4.
Yulia Karimova of Russia won gold with a score of 251.1 in the finals, while Eunji Kwon of Korea won silver with a score of 250.2.
Korea’s Keum Jihyeon bagged a bronze in the event piping Apurvi by 0.1 points after the 20thshot of the 24-shot final.
Another commendable Indian performance on the day also came in the non-competitive section where Mehuli Ghosh shot 632.2 in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle events to register the best Indian score of the day.
In the other event of the day, Chain Singh shot 1169 while Parul Kumar shot 1168 in the Men’s 50 Rifle 3 Positions event. They safely made it through their elimination round finishing 16thand 18th respectively.
Sanjeev Rajput in the second elimination did even better, finishing fifth with a score of 1171.
Wednesday has two finals lined up, the Women’s 10m Air Pistol and the Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions which also have the Tokyo 2020 Olympics quotas on offer.