India’s Apurvi Chandela produced a late surge to steal a Gold medal in the Women’s 10m rifle event at the ISSF Shooting World Cup, New Delhi, giving the home team a heady start at the World Cup.
Apurvi unleashed a World Record performance of 252.9 in front of a packed crowd at the Karni Singh Stadium.
China’s Rouzhu Zhao who was a cut above the rest, at the qualifications with a score of 634, was in a commanding position for the most part but as they say cometh the hour, cometh the champion, Apurvi rose to the occasion and made her halt at 251.8 for a silver medal.
China's Hong Xu finished 3rd with a score of 230.4.
7 out of 8 finalists were from Asia, and 3 of them from China showed how dominant the field was with Asian presence.
Earlier, Apurvi finished 4th in the qualifications after firing 629.6. A medal from a highly competitive field is a promising result but still, there is a long way to go before the current crop can match the performances by Olympic medallists Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang.
Earlier, Anjum Modgil finished 12th in the qualifications with a score of 628 while finished 30th with a score of 625.3.
Apurvi Chandela and Anjum Modgil had already secured Olympic quotas for the event after they finished 4th and 2nd in the World Cup held in September.
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