ISSF World Cup Baku | Men’s and women’s air rifle teams reach medal rounds

On Monday, India’s men’s and women’s 10m air rifle teams qualified for the medal rounds of the air rifle events at the ISSF World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan. The ladies outclassed their male counterparts by reaching the gold medal match in which they face Denmark on Tuesday.

On the same day, the men’s team will face Croatia for a bronze chance. Elavenil Valarivan, Ramita and former world number one Shreya Agrawal first dominated the first qualifying leg of the women’s 10m air rifle team event with a joint effort of 944.4 over 90 laps . There were 17 teams in all.

Then they finished second to Denmark in the second leg, qualifying for the championship round. After each team member took 20 shots, the trio shot 628.6 to Denmark’s 629.2. India’s men’s 10m air rifle team of Rudrankksh Balasaheb Patil, Dhanush Srikanth and Paarth Makhija placed third in the second qualifying stage to advance to the bronze medal match.

In the first leg, they placed second only to Austria, finishing in the top eight out of 14 teams. Earlier in the day, Shreya and Rudrankksh, along with Elavenil and Paarth, were unable to progress in the mixed 10m air rifle team event. With a score of 625.6, Shreya and Rudrankksh placed 14th in qualifying, and Elavenl and Paarth placed 24th with a score of 623.5.

In the Combined World Cup, India fielded a 12-member rifle-only team.

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