India win bronze in ISSF World Cup

Hosts India have opened their account with a Bronze medal in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup. On Day One of competitions at the Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi, Pooja Ghatkar overcame technical issues to clinch the women’s 10 metre air rifle bronze. The former Asian champion shot 228.8 in the final to finish third.

For the 27-year-old Ghatkar, it is her maiden World Cup medal, after two final appearances in the past.

China’s Mengyao Shi won the gold medal with 252.1 while setting a new world record in the event. Her Chinese compatriot Dong Lijie bagged the silver with a score of 248.9.

In Men’s 10 metre air rifle final, Deepak Kumar finished fifth with a score of 185.4. Another Indian, Ravi Kumar, was placed eighth with 122.0. The event was won by China’s Wong Buhan with a World Record score of 249.5. Peter Sidi of Hungary took the Silver, while Atsushi Shimada bagged the Bronze.

In the women’s trap event, Rajeshwari Kumari, Seema Tomar and Manisha Kheer failed to clear the qualification hurdle.

Penny Smith of Australia won the gold medal in women’s trap with a world record score of 40, Italy’s Jessica Rossi bagged silver, while Mopsi Veromaa of Finland had to be content with the bronze.

At the end of day one, China led the medal standings with two gold and one silver, while India was fifth overall. The other gold of the day went to Australia.

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