Junior Shooting Worlds: Manu bags fourth gold as India dominate with 20 medals (ld)

Top pistol shooter Manu Bhaker bagged her fourth gold as Indian continued its domination of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Championship in Lima, Peru, bagging a gold and silver medal on the eighth day of competition. India also won two silver medals on an eventful day on Wednesday.

The Indian junior women’s sports pistol team comprising Manu Bhaker, Rhythm Sangwan and newly crowned world junior champion in the individual women’s sports pistol Naamya Kapoor, dominated proceedings in the 25m pistol team women junior competition on Wednesday beating USA 16-4 in the gold medal match.

This was Manu’s fourth gold of the competition to go with one bronze, while it was the 14-year old Naamya’s second gold of the championship.

India picked up a silver medal in the 25m rapid fire pistol junior men competition when Adarsh Singh fell short of USA’s Henry Turner Leverett in the six-man final.

India won its 20th medal in the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Championship in Lima, Peru, when the men’s trap team secured silver, going down to Italy 4-6, in the gold medal match.

The trio of Bakhtyaruddin Malek, Shardul Vihan and Vivaan Kapoor had qualified for the match after placing second out of seven teams in qualification, with a combined score of 473 out of 525. Italy was strong throughout the competition having topped qualification with a huge 486, late on Wednesday night.

The junior women’s trap team though missed out on a medal when Kirti Gupta, Aadya Tripathi and Divya Singh went down 2-6 to Germany in the bronze medal match.

After disastrous outings in the Tokyo Olympics a few weeks back, the Indian shooters seem to have got their winning touch back as they continued to reap a rich medal harvest in Lima.

The gold and two silver medals on Wednesday takes India’s tally to nine gold, eight silver and three bronze medals as the maintained its position atop the rankings table, according to information received here

In the junior women’s 25m pistol team competition, the crack Indian trio of Manu, Rhythm and Naamya, faced little competition throughout.

On Tuesday, they had finished on top of round one qualification with a combined effort of 878, which was six points clear of the second placed French team. Later that day they topped round two as well to ease into the gold medal match with a score of 446. Team USA joined them in the final with a score of 437.

In the gold medal match on Wednesday, the Indian team took a commanding lead of 10-4 before the beginning of the eighth series of rapid-fire shots, eventually ending at 16-4.

In the Junior men’s 25m rapid fire pistol competition, India had three finalists out of six with the twins Udhayveer and Vijayveer Sidhu making it through along with Adarsh Singh. Udhayveer was the best Indian in qualification with a score of 577 and finished fourth, while Adarsh was fifth with 574 and Vijayveer took the sixth and final qualification spot with 572.

The twins Udhayveer and Vijayveer were the first to go out in the final though, with Udhayveer getting nine hits in the first 20-shots to finish sixth. Vijayveer finished fifth, going out in the next series with 13 hits out of 25.

Adarsh however started the final strongly with a perfect 10 out of 10 in the first two series. However, USA’s Henry Turner Leverett turned out to be the most accurate in this match and finished with 32-hits out of 40 to win gold, with Adarsh ending with 28 to win silver medal.

India sit on top of the medals tally with nine gold, eight silver and three bronze medals already in their kitty. The USA are closest with six gold, eight silver and five bronze medals.