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Apurvi Chandela wins year’s second women’s 10m Air Rifle World Cup gold

Apurvi Chandela shot 251.0 in the 24-shot final, staving off the challenge of Wang Luyao who scored 250.8. Apurvi was ahead by 0.1 point with the last shot remaining, in which she fired 10.4 to Wang’s 10.3.

other sports Updated: May 26, 2019 23:23 IST
Avishek Roy
Avishek Roy
New Delhi
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File image of Indian shooter Apurvi Chandela.(PTI)

Apurvi Chandela has made a habit of beating the Chinese. For the second time this year, Chandela held her own against two Chinese shooters breathing down her neck to win gold medal in women’s 10m air rifle at the ISSF Munich World Cup on Sunday.

Chandela shot 251.0 in the 24-shot final, staving off the challenge of Wang Luyao who scored 250.8. Apurvi was ahead by 0.1 point with the last shot remaining, in which she fired 10.4 to Wang’s 10.3. Another Chinese Xu Hong won the bronze medal with a total of 208.3, pipping India’s Elavenil Valarivan by just 0.1 point after 20 shots.

Nineteen-year-old Elavenil was the second Indian in the final, finishing second in the high scoring 60-shot qualification (632.7) behind Chandela, who topped with 633 points. Anjum Moudgil could not make the cut and finished 11th in qualification (628.9).

This was world No. 1 Chandela’s second ISSF World Cup gold this year, having beaten a quality field in New Delhi earlier with a world record score of 252.9 points.

Chandela has already earned a quota for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, along with Anjum Moudgil, during the World Championships in Changwon last year with a fourth-place finish. A country can earn only two quota places for one event.

“The Chinese have been doing well for more than a decade. Now Indian shooters are coming up in a big way. We have worked hard to reach the top. The quality training is working for me,” said Chandela.

“Today the competition was intense. The Munich World Cup is the toughest among all the World Cups and the top eight closed at 630 in qualification which is a high score.”

Chandela missed out on a medal at the ISSF World Cup in Beijing last month, finishing fourth in the final with a score of 207.8. Following consistent performances at the top level, Chandela attained the World No. 1 rank earlier this month with Anjum rising to second position.

“All I wanted was to give my best and improve with every match. So any other thoughts do not come to my mind,” Chandela said when asked whether winning a quota place so early is helping her in performance.

Asked to rate the two World Cup gold medals, Chandela said, “New Delhi was in front of home crowd and it was an amazing experience. Here in Munich, I would say I was challenged by the best and the toughest competition I could face.”

Her biggest asset is her temperament, says former shooter and a national team coach Deepali Deshpande.

“Chandela is one of the most experienced shooters. She is a quiet person, hardly talks and is focused on her game. Since she has already earned a quota for the Olympics in advance, she is comfortable. It has added to her confidence. She is challenging herself with every competition when other (international) shooters are fighting for quotas. That way we are in good zone to have won quotas early,” added Deepali.

First Published: May 26, 2019 19:15 IST