The conclusion of first ISSF Shooting World Cup in Mexico is definitely going to be the start of new era in Indian shooting. The amazing performances from all Indian shooters clearly depicted that the future of Indian shooting are now in safe hands.
The first International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun stage ended on a great note for the country as India topped the medals tally for the very first time in an ISSF competition with four gold, one silver and four bronze for a total of nine medals, also its best showing ever in ISSF competitions.
It was Indian teenage shooter Manu Bhaker who won two gold medals for the country. One in 10m Air Pistol individual Gold on her senior World Cup debut and another in by partnering Om Prakash Mitharval to clinch the gold in 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team title.
Along with Manu Bhaker, India’s Akhil Sheoran and Shahzar Rizvi also bagged gold medals for the nation at the event. Rizvi won gold in the Men’s 10M Air Pistol on day one of competitions while Akhil won gold in men’s 50 metres Rifle 3 Positions on final day of the event.
While Anjum Moudgil won her first International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup medal- Silver in the Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions (3P) event.
And in bronze, Mehuli Ghosh secured two bronze medals at the event. One individually and another in mixed team event. She won the individual bronze medal on the first day of competition in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle event and the mixed team bronze with Deepak Kumar in the 10m Air Rifle event.
Earlier Ravi Kumar won his first World Cup medal- a Bronze in the Men’s 10M Air Rifle event and Jitu Rai winning Bronze in the Men’s 10M Air Pistol.
Seeing the performances, Indian Olympic gold medallist, Abhinav Bindra said, “The Indian Shooting Teams performance at Mexico starts a new era in Indian shooting. The future is in extremely safe hands and am confident that the young athletes have the ingredients to take them to the very top of the Olympic podium. Congratulations to all.”
“Also a special mention for all the Junior Team Coaches and support staff who have worked tirelessly away from the spotlight and bright lights to lay a strong foundation which has resulted in all the medals. They must be empowered to further their work.”
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