Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela Bag First Tokyo 2020 Shooting Quotas for India

-  Anjum Shoots Silver in Women’s 10m Air Rifle
-  ApurviChandela fourth in the same event to clinch second available quota place
-  ManishaKeer Bags Silver in Junior Women’s Trap
-  Women’s Air Rifle Team Wins Silver as well
-  India Top Three in Medals Tally

New Delhi, September 03, 2018: Women Rifle Shooters AnjumMoudgil and ApurviChandela won India their first Tokyo 2020 Olympic quota places, finishing second and fourth respectively in the 10m Air Rifle finals on day two of the 52nd International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship in Changwon, Korea.

Anjum’s Silver was the icing on the cake as India won everything possible in the event- individual medal, a team medal and the maximum possible two quota places, with the combine of Anjum, Apurvi and MehuliGhosh also winning the Team Silver.

The duo of Anjum and Apurvi had earlier qualified for the final in fourth and seventh places with respective scores of 628.7 and 627.5. The top eight made it through in the 113-strong field. Prominent among them, the defending world champion Petra Zublasing, of Italy.

Both Anjum and Apurvi started the final well and kept among the top four. By the 12th shot, the first of eliminations, Anjum was leading the field while Apurvi was in fourth place. A 10.9 by Apurvi and a 10.7 by Anjum in the 15th shot meant that they were in third and second respectively till the 20th shot, when Apurvi bowed out in fourth.

Anjum then fended off one home favourite Korean Eunhea Jung with a couple of high 10s on the 21st and 22nd shots, but could not fend off another and settled for Silver after 24 shots with a score of 248.4. Hana IM won the Gold for the host country with a score of 251.1.

The top four bagging the available Tokyo 2020 quotas meant that Korea and India exhausted their quotas from this event.

Manish Keer then gunned down the Silver in the Women’s Trap, going down in shoot-off to  Italy’s Erica Sessa, after both were tied on 41 after 45 shots in the final. Manish had a chance to seal the deal with her 45th and final shot going in with a shot advantage but missed.

Earlier in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle, India’s Deepak Kumar, fresh from winning Silver at the Jakarta and Palembang Asian Games 2018, finished sixth to narrowly miss out on a medal and even a Tokyo 2020 quota place.

In a top 112-man qualification field, Deepak had shot an excellent 630.1 to make it to the eight-man final in fourth place. Deepak began the final well and was in third place till the 10th shot of the 24-shot final, however his 11th and 15th shots had returns of 9.3 and 9.6 respectively, which effectively took him out of contention.

India end day two with two Gold, three Silver and one Bronze medal for a total of six which has placed them second in the medals tally behind China.

In Other India Results of the Day

Men’s Trap (top six qualify for finals)
-  Manavjit Singh Sandhu- finished 24th with a score of 119 out of 125
-  Zoravar Singh Sandhu- finished 28th with a score of 118 out of 125
-  LakshaySheoran- finished 35th with a score of 118 out of 125
-  10th in Team event

Men’s 10m Air Rifle (top eight qualify for finals)
-  Ravi Kumar- finished 28th with a score of 625.4
-  GaganNarang finished 42nd with a score of 622.9
-  Team score of 1878.4 was short of Bronze by 0.1

Women’s Trap Junior (top six qualify for finals)
-  Kirti Gupta finished 13th with a score of 108 out of 125
-  Soumya Gupta finished 29th with a score of 98 out of 125
-  4th in Team event