Joydeep Karmakar and Omkar Singh shot down silver at the ISSF World Cup in Sydney, thus taking the country’s medal count in the ongoing event to three --- the highest in a single World Cup. Sanjeev Rajput had earlier won silver in the 10m air rifle event.
The 30-year-old Karmakar from Kolkata, a first-time finalist in the World Cup, won silver in 50m rifle prone. The national record holder in the event made it to the final round with a personal best qualification score of 599/600 (100, 100, 99, 100, 100, 100).
His score was just one point lower than the world record of 600.
The level of competition was such that despite shooting 103.4 in the final and aggregating 702.4, Karmakar could not clinch gold.
“This was my first time in the World Cup final round. I have been shooting for 15 years but could not reach these results. Something was missing on the psychological side. I started dedicating more time to shooting in 2007 and perhaps it’s the result of that hard work,” Karmakar, who is being supported by the Mittal Champions Trust, said.
Warren Potent of Australia, the Beijing Olympic Games bronze-medallist who had bagged the honours in the Commonwealth Championships in New Delhi recently, won gold. He equalled the world record qualification score of 600 and shot 103.7 in the final to aggregate 703.7.
Navy’s Omkar Singh shot an aggregate score of 681.2 (584+97.2) to win silver in 10m air pistol. Omkar, who had finished with the best qualification score of 584, could not hold on to his lead in the finals as he shot a poor 6.7 on his sixth shot and eventually settled for the silver.
“This is my first time on the World Cup podium. I have been training a lot for this. I was unlucky to miss out on the podium at the Commonwealth Championships. I was looking for a medal, and I found it here!
“This World Cup has been fantastic not only for me but for the entire Indian contingent! I will try to make it to the Commonwealth Games team now. I am really motivated,” said Omkar.
The gold was won by Beijing Olympic Games medallist Jin Jong Oh of Korea with a total of 682.4 (583+99.4), while the bronze went to Russia’s Sergey Chervyakovskiy 679.5 (581+98.5).