Harpal Singh Bedi
New Delhi: Promising marksman Anish Bhanwala won his second Gold in the 25M Rapid Fire Pistol, in the ISSF Junior World Cup further improving India’s lead at the top of the medal standings in the ongoing edition in Suhl, Germany on Wednesday.
Anish had won his first junior world cup gold in the event in Sydney last year. Since then, he also made his first senior final earlier this year
Anish shot superb 584 in qualification to top the charts and led three Indians into the six-man final.
In the final Anish led from the front never shooting below three hits out of five in each of the 10 series of shots. He finished with a four and a score to leave behind Russian Egor Ismakov, who shot 23 for silver.
German Florian Peter won bronze with 19 beating Adarsh Singh in a shoot-off.
Adarsh shot a score of 17. Agneya Kaushik, the third Indian in the final came sixth with nine hits.
Agneya however combined with Rajkanwar Sandhu and Udhayveer Sidhu to win the team bronze with a total of 1709.
They got the better of Anish, Adarsh Singh and Harshawardhan Yadav who finished a point behind in fourth.
India won two more medals on the day in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Junior.
Shreya Agrawal and Yash Vardhan won silver, finishing behind the Iranian pair of A. Sadeghian and A. Zolfagharia, 17-11 in the final. Mehuli Ghosh and Hriday Hazarika won the bronze in the event beating USA in the bronze medal match.
India now has eight gold, eight silver and four bronze medals from the ISSF Junior World Cup for a total of 20 medals.