Shooting is a sport that focuses on accuracy, precision and speed. In the Olympic Games, the shooting event is the one which awards the first medals of the Games. Over the years, it has seen a rise in participants owing to the benefits associated with it – improvement in concentration, lesser chances of injury as compared to other sports such as gymnastics and football among others.
The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup recently concluded its 2021 edition in Delhi, India. The competition was important as it allowed players to build up their points to ensure qualification for the upcoming Tokyo Games. India bagged 32 medals, the highest out of any other participating country.
The various winners in different categories where Indians took their place on the podium are:
- 50m rifle (Men):
Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar won the gold medal with a total of 462.5 points.
- 10m rifle (Men):
Divyansh Singh Panwar clinched the bronze medal with a total of 228.1 points.
- 25m rapid fire pistol (Men):
Vijayveer Sidhu bagged the silver medal (26 S-off 1)
- 10m air pistol (Men):
Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma stood second and third with scores of 243.2 and 221.8 respectively.
- Skeet (Men’s team):
The team of Gurjot Khangura, Angad Vir Singh Bajwa and Mairaj Ahmad Khan won the first position.
- 10m air pistol (Men’s team):
Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma and Shahzar Rizvi bagged the gold medal.
- 10m air rifle (Men’s team):
Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar, Deepak Kumar, Pankaj Kumar stood second.
- 50m rifle (Men’s team):
The team consisting of Swapnil Kusale, Chain Singh, Neeraj Kumar succeeded in winning the first place.
- 25m pistol (Women):
Chinki Yadav (32 S-off 4), Rahi Sarnobat (32 S-off 3) and Manu Bhaker (28) occupied the first, second and third positions respectively.
- 10m air pistol (Women):
Yashaswini Singh Deswal (238.8 points) and Manu Bhaker (236.7 points) bagged the first and second positions respectively.
- Shotgun Skeet (Women):
Ganemat Sekhon won the bronze medal (40.)
- 10m air pistol (Women’s team):
Yashaswini Singh Deswal, Manu Bhaker and Shri Nivetha Paramanantham won the gold medal.
- 25m air pistol (Women’s team):
Rahi Sarnobat, Manu Bhaker and Chinki Yadav stood first.
- 50m rifle (Women’s team):
Anjum Moudgil, Shreya Saksena and Gaayathri Nithyanandam bagged the silver medal.
- Skeet (Women’s team):
Parinaaz Dhaliwal, Kartiki Singh Shaktawat and Ganemat Sekhon stood second.
- 10m air pistol (Mixed team):
The team of Saurabh Chaudhary/Manu Bhaker clinched the gold medal while the team of Abhishek Verma/Yashaswini Singh Deswal bagged the bronze.
- 10m air rifle (Mixed team):
The duo of Divyansh Singh Panwar/Elavenil Valarivan stood first.
- 50m rifle (Mixed team):
The team of Sanjeev Rajput/Tejaswini Sawant won the gold while the duo of Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar/Sunidhi Chauhan stood third.
Participation by other countries was low owing to the pandemic as well as the costs associated with traveling to another country for a competition. But, the Indian teams have definitely done this nation proud and such unprecedented success has been very welcome news indeed, especially in the middle of the pandemic.
From the bottom of our hearts here at the 8:10, here’s a massive congratulations to the shooters!
Main source: The ISSF website
The 8:10 Sports Editorial Team.