India Begin Shooting World Championship Campaign with Two Junior Gold Medals

- GauravRana also Clinches Bronze in 50m Pistol Men Junior
- Senior Mixed Team Rifle and Pistol Competitors Miss Final

New Delhi, September 02, 2018: India began their 52nd International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship campaign at Changwon. Korea, with two Gold and one Bronze medal, delivered by the Junior Men’s 50m Pistol team even as the senior Mixed Team Air Rifle and Air Pistol teams missed making the finals of their respective events. Arjun Singh Cheema won the individual Junior Men’s 50m Pistol Gold and then led his team consisting of GauravRana and Anmol Jain to the team Gold in the event. Gaurav also clinched the individual Bronze in the event.

Arjun shot a score of 559 to get the better of Korean Woojong Kim, who shot 554 for the Silver. Gaurav tallied 551 to claim Bronze. Arjun, Gaurav and Anmol Jain tallied 1659 to also claim the Team Gold ahead of Korea who came second with 1640. China won Bronze in the Team event.

In the Mixed Team 10m Air Rifle, the pair of ApurviChandela and Ravi Kumar shot 835.6 in qualifications to finish seventh. The top five teams make it to the finals and Apurvi and Ravi fell short by 0.4 points. The second Indian team in the event comprising of Deepak Kumar and MehuliGhosh, shot a combined score of 831.6 to end in 25th spot.

In the Mixed Team Air Pistol event, India’s HeenaSidhu and ShahzarRizvi shot 768 to end 10th in qualification. The fifth and final qualification spot went to Spain with a score of 771. The second Indian pair of Manu Bhaker and AbhishekVerma, shot 767 to finish in 12th position.