With just a few weeks left for the Tokyo Olympics, shooting brings good news to India. In the ISSF Shooting World Cup Rahi Sarnobat got a gold for India in the 25m air pistol event.
The Olympic-bound shooter displayed sensational form in the event on Monday. As a result, she ended up taking the gold home. However, the teen sensation Manu Bhaker ended seventh in the same event. Earlier, India secured one silver and two bronze medals, but Sarnobat’s Gold is the first gold for the country in this edition of the Shooting World Cup.
The Final Performance
Rahi Sarnobat, the 30- year old shooter, fired a final score of 39. She had qualified second with a total of 591. This wonderful performance in the final included perfect scores in the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth series.
Sarnobat battled for the gold against France’s Mathilde Lamolle, who scored 31 in the final. Thus, Mathilde ended up winning the Silver medal. For qualification, Rahi Sarnobat fired a brilliant 296 in the rapid-fire round. Earlier, on Sunday, her precision score was an equally impressive 295.
Manu Bhaker recorded a total of 588 to qualify third after firing a 296 in the rapid-fire round, following an impressive 292 in the precision round on Sunday. However, she was eliminated early in the final. She lost a shoot-off to Bulgaria’s Viktoria Chaika.
Before this event, Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary had teamed up for the 10m air pistol mixed team event. Here, they succeeded in getting the silver. Bhaker had also clinched the women’s 10m air pistol team bronze with Sarnobat and Yashaswini Deswal. Chaudhary too had won the men’s 10m air pistol individual bronze medal.
Seeing the youngsters perform this well at the world cup gives hope to India’s Olympic campaign next month. Though it will be a high-pressure situation, still it will be interesting to watch these youngsters shine.