Manu Bhaker, Anmol Jain win air pistol mixed gold in ISSF junior World Cup
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Manu Bhaker, Anmol Jain win air pistol mixed gold in ISSF junior World Cup

The pair of Manu Bhaker and Anmol Jain won India’s seventh gold medal at the ISSF junior World Cup when they clinched the air pistol mixed gold on Tuesday.

other sports Updated: Mar 27, 2018 12:04 IST
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Manu Bhaker and Anmol Jain won the air pistol mixed gold at the ISSF junior World Cup on Tuesday.(Twitter)

The duo of Manu Bhaker and Anmol Jain secured India’s seventh gold medal in the ISSF junior World Cup by winning the mixed 10m air pistol event with a qualification world record in Sydney on Tuesday.

Genemat Sekhon bagged an individual bronze medal in the junior women’s skeet, shooting a 36 in the final.

In the mixed 10m air rifle event, 17-year-old Shreya Agrawal and 19-year-old Arjun Babuta completed the podium in third place, finishing with 432.8 points, while their country-mates Elavenil Valarivan Elavenil (18) and Tejas Krishna Prasad (20) finished fourth with 389.1.

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Bhaker and Anmol dominated the event from the very start and enter the final with the highest qualification score and a new junior qualification world record.

They finished with a 5.6 advantage on their closest rivals, China’s Liu Jinyao and Li Xue.

The two Indian youngsters dominated the final match since its very first series, progressively building a gap between them and their closest rivals. They eventually finished with 478.9 points, just 1.8 points away from the current world record.

Previously, Anmol and Bhaker also set a new Junior Qualification World Record with 770 points.

The silver and bronze medals were both awarded to China, as Liu Jinyao (20) and Li Xue (18) finished in second position with 473.3 points, while Wang Zhehao (19) and Xiao Jiaruixuan (15) took third place with 410.7.

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A second Indian team, comprising 18-year-old Gaurav Rana and 19-year-old Mahima Turhi Agrawal, finished at the feet of the podium, leaving the final at the 38th-shot mark with 370.2 points and fourth position.

Finishing 11.2 points away from the fifth place because of a dry-fire shot — and also suffering a 1.0-point reduction — Australia’s Hans Ben Hummer (18) and Sascha Kroopin (16) took the sixth place with a final score of 320.9.

Overall, India occupied the second place with 18 medals, including seven gold, while China continued to lead the tally with 22 podium finishes, including eight gold medals.

First Published: Mar 27, 2018 11:52 IST