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ISSF WC: Aishwary Tomar, Chinki Yadav clinch Gold for India
 
New Delhi: Young Indian shooters Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar and Chinki Yadav clinched Gold medals in the men's 50M Rifle 3 Positions (3P) and women’s 25 M Pistol event respectively in the ongoing ISSF shooting World Cup at Dr Karni Singh Shooting range, here on Wednesday.

IT was also Tomar and Chinki's first ISSF World Cup stage medals.

Shooting on Day 6 of the competition, the 20-year old Aishwary set the ball rolling in the men's 3P, beating Air Rifle number one Istvan Peni of Hungary 462.5 to 461.6 in a cracking final.

It was Chinki’s turn thereafter, where she led an Indian clean sweep in the day's second final, the women’s 25M Pistol.

In yet another close match, Chinki and her senior compatriot and fellow Tokyo Olympics quota holder Rahi Sarnobat, had to go into a shoot-off to decide the gold medal, where the youngster prevailed 4-3. Both had earlier tied at 32-hits out of 50.

Manu Bhaker of India won bronze in the event, when she was eliminated after the ninth and penultimate five-shot series. At that stage, she had 28 hits out of 45.

In men's 3P, shooting against such seasoned shooters as compatriot and double Olympian Sanjeev Rajput, former Prone World Champion Steffen Olsen of Denmark and multiple world cup medallist and world number 15 Jan Lochbihler of Switzerland, besides Hungarian Rifle ace Peni, young Aishwary started strong and led the field after the first 15 Kneeling position shots.

At the end of the second prone position however, Olsen cashed in on a couple of low-scoring shots by Tomar and took the lead with Peni right on Tomar's shoulder in third.

The youngster from the Madhya Pradesh Shooting Academy then staged a brilliant comeback in the final standing position, shooting a high 52.2 in the final series before the eliminations (40-shots), to lead Peni, who had now risen to second, by 1.6 points.

Going into the final 45th shot, Peni had reduced the gap to 0.9, but Aishwary held his nerve admirably to shoot a 10.3, the same as Peni, to secure gold.

In the women’s 25 m Pistol, Asian Games champion Rahi Sarnobat earlier in the day topped the qualification round with a score of 581, to lead all three participating Indians into the final. Chinki was second with 580, while Manu was fourth with 576.

The trio did not exactly begin the final with a bang, but with every successive five-shot series, they were slowly but surely climbing up the ladder.

By the time Singapore’s Teh Xiu Hong became the first to be eliminated after 20-shots, Chinki was leading with 14 hits, Manu was second with 13 while Rahi was in fourth place with 12 hits to her name.

Latvian Agate Rasmane, then briefly took the lead after the fifth series, but Chinki and Manu were back at 1-2 after the sixth and by the time the seventh series ended it was all India at the top, but this time Rahi had displaced Manu in second position.

The Latvian got eliminated in fourth place after the eighth series with Chinki leading with 27 hits, Rahi second with 25 and Manu third with 24 hits. In the ninth series, both Rahi and Manu had four hits, while Chinki had three, which meant that Manu had to settle for bronze.

In the final 10th series, Chinki had two hits while Rahi got three to take the match into a shoot-off, where Chinki emerged triumphant.

There was a third final on the day with Slovenia’s world number seven Ziva Dvorska winning the Women’s 50 M Rifle 3 positions in a dominating final performance. She shot 457.1 to beat Nina Christen (ranked four) of Switzerland by a comfortable margin of two points.

Poland’s Aneta Stankiewicz won bronze in the event.

India continue to dominate the medals tally with nine gold, five silver and five bronze medals for a total of 19 medals won till now. The USA lie second with three gold, two silver and one bronze medal.

On Thursday, the day seven of the competition also has three finals lined up, with the team events in the men's and women's 3P as well as the women’s 25m Pistol on schedule.


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