Shooting World Cup: India wins two more gold, Anish misses Olympic quota chance

Harpal Singh Bedi 

New Delhi: Mixed pair Tejaswini Sawant and Sanjeev Rajput and 3 P team of  Chain Singh, Swapnil Kusale and Niraj Kumar won two more gold  for the country as Indian shooters maintained their domination in the  ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun stage at  Dr. Karni Singh Shooting range here on Friday,

Besides these two gold medals the hosts also added a silver and a bronze to their  kitty,India has so far bagged  25 medals including 12- gold, seven- silver and six- bronze   

Seasoned Rifle shooters and Tokyo Olympic quota holders Tejaswini Sawant and Sanjeev Rajput  clinched the day’s first gold in the 50M Rifle 3 Positions (3P) Mixed Team event. They beat the Ukranian team of Sehriy Kulish and Anna Ilina 31-29 in a closely contested final. 

Later in  the Men’s 3P team event the trio of g Chain Singh, Swapnil Kusale and Niraj Kumar  beat USA 47-25 to claim the yellow metal .

However despite the domination India missed out on two outside chances to get two additional quotas. above the 15 they have already won for the Tokyo Olympics, on the day. 

First, in the  Rapid Fire Pistol, Anish Bhanwala by virtue of his world ranking needed to finish among the medals and also hope that Estonian Peeter and Poland’s Oscar Miliwek, finished outside it. 

An outright gold would have been even easier for him, but even though all three Indians qualified for the final, only Vijayveer medalled while Anish and Gurpreet Singh finished fifth and sixth respectively.

The Rapid Fire Pistol event final was a thrilling affair.  Vijayveer Sidhu and Estonia’s Peeter Olesk  were tied at 26-hits a piece after the eight allotted series of five shots each. The final was then decided in a Shoot off in which  Vijayveer went down 1-4 to Olesk and had to content with a silver. 

Peeter, by virtue of this performance assured himself  of a quota place for the Tokyo Olympics.

Than in  Trap, Kynan Chenai needed an outright gold to have a chance but finished fourth in a strong field. Former Shotgun World Champion, Daniele Resca of Italy, won the gold in the event while reigning World Champion Alberto Fernandez won silver. Valerio Grazini of Italy was third.

India’s bronze medal came in the  Mixed 3P team of Sunidhi Chauhan and Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar. They got the better of the American pair of Women’s Air Rifle Olympic Champion Virginia Thrasher and Timothy Sherry, 31-15 .

In the Women’s Trap, the gold went to Slovakia’s Rehak Stefecekova, while Poland’s Sandra Bernal won silver and Italy’s Fiammate Rossi won bronze.


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