ISSF Shooting: India win two medals in 50m air pistol
India's Jitu Rai and Amanpreet Singh won gold and silver medals respectively in men's 50 metre Air Pistol event at the ISSF Shooting World Cup in New Delhi. It is India's first gold at the tournament. With these two medals, India's medal tally at the world cup has gone up to five. The bronze medal went to Vahid Golkhandan of Iran.
ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation) conducts World Cup Series which generally includes 4 different World Cup stages in Rifle and Pistol events and 4 different stages in Shotgun events. They along with ISSF World Championships and Continental Championships act as Olympic qualifying events. The season's first World Cup in 2017 was scheduled to be held in Delhi from 22 Feb to 4 March.
The event will see 452 athletes representing 50 countries. Indian participation includes : Men's 10m air rifle - Ravi Kumar, Deepak Kumar, Satyendra Singh; Women's 10m air rifle - Vinita Bharadwaj, Megha Sajjanar, Pooja Ghatkar and Olympian Apurvi Chandela in MQS (Minimum Qualification Score). Women's Trap event contenders - Seema Tomar, Manisha Kheer, Rajeshwari Kumari, and Shagun Chowdhary, Shreyashi Singh in MQS.
India's Pooja Ghatkar won a bronze medal in the women's 10m air rifle event at the ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation) World Cup in Delhi. Ghatkar scored an aggregate of 228.8 to be placed third, behind the Chinese duo Mengyao Shi (252.1) and Dong Lijie (248.9), who bagged gold and silver, respectively. This is the 28-year-old shooter's best result at this level.
Pooja Ghatkar is supported by the Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) foundation established by Prakash Padukone and Geet Sethi. She is being mentored by Oylmpic bronze-medalist Gagan Narang.
Pooja Ghatkar is an air rifle shooter who hails from Pune. Ghatkar's first big career result came in March 2014 at the Asian Air Gun Championship, Kuwait, where she clinched a gold medal. In 2016, she had reached two world cup final fours, at ISSF World Cups in Bangkok and Baku. Last year, Ghatkar missed out on a Rio Olympic berth narrowly.
Heena Sidhu and Jitu Rai bagged gold for India in the 10m air pistol mixed event at the ongoing ISSF World Cup. The shooter-duo defeated Japan in the finals. However there will be no official world cup medals as the mixed team events are test-only events for now. This is India's second medal, after Pooja Ghatke's bronze on opening day of world cup.
Jitu Rai won third medal for the country as he clinched bronze in men's 10-metre air pistol event at the ongoing ISSF Shooting World Cup in New Delhi. It is the eighth WC medal for Rai. Yesterday, Ankur Mittal had won a silver in the men's double trap event. It was the first world cup medal for the 24 year old.