Aishwary Tomar wins gold in 50m Rifle 3-Position at ISSF Shooting World Cup

India's Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar won the gold medal in men's 50m rifle 3 positions event at the shooting World Cup in Delhi. India also claimed all three medals in women's 25m pistol event.

Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar

India's Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar won the gold medal in men's 50m rifle 3 positions event: File Picture   -  Kamesh Srinivasan

Indian shooting marched towards more glory as Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar won the men’s rifle 3-position gold, and Chinki Yadav beat Rahi Sarnobat and Manu Bhaker for the women’s sports pistol gold in the World Cup at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, on Wednesday.

Even though Anjum Moudgil and company failed to make the women’s rifle 3-position final, India was sitting pretty on top of the medals table with nine gold, five silver and five bronze. US followed a distant second with three gold, two silver and a bronze.

Aishwary’s was a commendable fare, as the 20-year-old beat a strong field and pushed world No.1 Istvan Peni to the silver by 0.9 point.

While Aishwary said he had aimed for the gold, coach Suma Shirur said that the young boy was a ‘natural talent’’ and making “rapid progress’’.

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The gold in an event in which Olympian Sanjeev Rajput was pushed to the sixth spot, should strengthen Aishwary’s claim on the Olympic quota that he had won.

In women’s sports pistol, Chinki Yadav was brilliant as she beat the Asian Games gold medallist Rahi Sarnobat 4-3 in the shoot-off, after the two tied 32-32. Rahi was amazing as she picked herself up after a poor start to surge to the top and nose ahead of Manu who had two bad series in the final which pulled her down.

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Conceding that there was pressure on her, Chinki said that she kept it simple and focused on her technique, rather than allow her thoughts to trouble her.

With the three pronged race in the event for the Olympics, Chinki’s gold could help her retain the Olympic quota. She had scored the second best in qualification with 580, one point behind Rahi.

After such a high of gold medals, it was a disappointment that none of the Indian shooters could make the women’s rifle 3-position final.

Tejaswini Sawant (1164) missed the final by two points while Anjum was 16th with 1162.

The results:

Men: 50m rifle 3-position: 1. Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar 462.5 (1165); 2. Istvan Peni (Hun) 461.6 (1169); 3. Steffen Olsen (Den) 450.9 (1165; 6. Sanjeev Rajput 413.3 (1172); 8. NIraj Kumar 400.3 (1165). MQS: Swapnil Kusale 1165; Chain Singh 1159.

Women: 25m sports pistol: 1. Chinki Yadav 32(4) 580; 2. Rahi Sarnobat 32(3) 581; 3. Manu Bhaker 28 (576). MQS: Abhidnya Patil 586; Neeraj Kaur 568.

50m rifle 3-position: 1. Ziva Dvorsak (Slo) 457.1 (1170); 2. Nina Christen (Sui) 455.1 (1171); 3. Aneta Stankiewicz (Pol) 443.5 (1179); 12. Tejaswini Sawant 1164; 16. Anjum Moudgil 1162; 17. Sunidhi Chauhan 1161. MQS: Gaayathri Nithyanandam 1159; Shreya Saksena 1157.