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ISSF Junior World Cup: Aishwarya Tomar shoots down junior world record, India top medals tally

India have finished the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup with 10 gold, nine silver and five bronze medals, for a total of 24 medals. China finished second with eight golds and 24 medals in all.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: July 19, 2019 10:00:24 pm
Aishwarya Tomar reacts after breaking the 3-positions junior world record at the Junior World Cup in Germany on Friday (Twitter/@NRAI)

Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar Friday shot down the men’s rifle 3 positions junior world record on his way to winning gold, helping India top the medals tally in the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany.

India finished the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) tournament with 10 gold, nine silver and five bronze for a total of 24 medals.

The youngster from Khargone, Madhya Pradesh, aggregated 1171 in the gruelling 120-shot qualification round where a shooter fires 40 shots each in the kneeling, prone and standing positions.

His score was enough for the fourth place in a field of 72 where the top eight made it to the medal round.

Facing a top-class field in the finals with multiple ISSF medallists and Russian Grigoril Shamakov, the reigning Youth Olympic Games champion in the mix as well, Aishwarya began strongly and finished with a resounding victory.

He led at the end of the first 15 kneeling shots, surrendered it to Hungarian double world championship junior medallist Zalan Pekler at the end next 15 prone position shots and then was first off the blocks in the standing position, generally a difficult transition where India has struggled earlier, to regain the lead after the 35th shot to never look back.

By the time he was taking aim for the final and 45th shot, he was a clear 3.4 ahead of Pekler and finished with an outstanding 10.4 for a finals junior world record score of 459.3, shattering Czech talent Filip Nepejchal’s mark of 458.7 set in the Beijing World Cup earlier this year.

In the process, the youngster also ensured that India topped the medals tally, something a Chinese 1-2 in the event could have jeopardised. China finished second with eight gold and 24 medals in all.

Esha Singh and Gaurav Rana brought more cheer to India in the final event of the competition — 10m air pistol mixed team junior — winning bronze by beating the Chinese pair of Li Xue and Wang Zhehao 16-14 in the bronze medal match-up. Hosts Germany won gold in the event.

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