India claim third Cairo Shooting WC gold


ISSF World Cup: India wins third Archery World Cup gold in Cairo India’s trio of Rahi Sarnobat, Esha Singh and Rhythm Sangwan took gold in the women’s 25m pistol team event on the penultimate day of the International Federation Rifle/Pistol World Cup Shooting Sport (ISSF) here on Sunday. Follow ISSF World Cup updates on Insidesport.IN

ISSF World Cup: Indian shooters Shriyanka Sadangi and Akhil Sheoran claim bronze

The Indian team recorded a 17-13 victory over Singapore in a thrilling match to win the country’s third gold medal in the tournament.

ISSF World Cup: India wins third Archery World Cup gold in Cairo

The Indian trio had qualified for the title round after dominating the second qualifying stage on Saturday.

It was also Esha’s second gold and third World Cup gold, as she had already landed a yellow metal in the women’s 10-a-side air pistol team event. m to add to the silver she won in the women’s individual 10m air pistol event.

India’s women’s team started the gold medal game with six of 15 hits against Singapore’s four to take a 2-0 lead, but drama unfolded thereafter.

By the end of the third set of five shots apiece for each member, the scores were tied at 3-3 and coach Samaresh Jung called a time out as Esha had recorded consecutive blanks.

ISSF World Cup: India wins third Archery World Cup gold in Cairo

This seemed to have calmed the nerves and with the experience of Rahi prevailing and registering 5 hits in the fifth set, India once again led 7-3.

However, Singapore came back strong to win the next three series and take the lead for the first time in the game. India came back strong to win the ninth series 12-7 to tie the game again at 9-9.

The pendulum continued to swing for the next four series and after the end of the 13th the two teams remained inseparable at 13-13.

Then India nearly clinched 14th at 10-8 to enter the 15th series 15-13 ahead and needing one more point for victory.

Both teams started the 15th series with all three hits, but it was the Singaporeans who blinked first, recording blanks over the next six hits to give India the title and the gold.

ISSF World Cup: India wins third Archery World Cup gold in Cairo

Earlier in the day, Shriyanka Sadangi and Akhil Sheoran picked up a bronze medal in the mixed team event of the 50m rifle 3 positions.

The Indian duo finished fifth out of 34 teams, then third out of eight and went on to win bronze in convincing fashion, beating Austrians Rebecca Koeck and Gernot Rumpler 16-10.

India is currently ranked second in the medal count.

In the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol event, India fell short of the medals with Bhavesh Shekhawat finishing 12th with 576 while Anish Bhanwala finished 18th with 571. Gurpreet Singh, with 554, was more far behind in 32nd place.

The final two Cairo World Cup medals will be decided in the team competitions on Monday and India, currently ranked second in the medal standings, will surely be aiming for the top spot.

ISSF World Cup: India wins third Archery World Cup gold in Cairo

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