ISSF World Cup: Shahzar Rizvi clinches gold with world record score, Jitu Rai and Mehuli clinch bronze

04 March 2018, 08:38 AM
Shahzar Rizvi - File Photo
Shahzar Rizvi - File Photo

India shooters were on target on the opening day of the ISSF World Cup shooting winning three medals - a gold and two bronze to give the nation a stupendous start in the event at Mexico.

Shahzar Rizvi had a memorable debut at the ISSF World Cup appearance winning the gold medal in the 10m air pistol event at Guadalajara in Mexico late on Saturday.

Rizvi shot a world record score of 242.3 points in the final to beat Christian Reitz of Germany, 239.7 points, to win the top honour.

Ace India shooter Jitu Rai won the bronze in his pet 10 m pistol event with a score of 219 points.

Three Indian shooters made it to the final of the ISSF World Cup season opener in Mexico. The other Indian shooter Om Prakash Mitharval finished the competition at a creditable fourth position with a score of 198.4 points.

In the pistol event, Rizvi, with a score of 579, was the top-scorer among the Indians and second in the top-eight qualifiers, while Rai was third with a score of 578. This is the first World Cup for both Rizvi and Mitharval, who was fourth with a score of 576.

Later, Mehuli Ghosh added a third medal to India's tally as she shot world junior record 228.4 points to win bronze medal in the women's 10m air rifle event. Like their male counterparts, three Indian shooters made to the final of this event too.

Anjum Moudgil finished at fourth position with 208.6 points, while Apurvi Chandela was seventh in the standings with 144.1 points.

In the women's rifle event, Ghosh qualified for the final at second spot with 629.1 points, followed by Chandela at seventh with 626.8 points and Moudgil at eighth with 626.7 points.

First Published: Sunday, March 04, 2018 08:07 AM
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