H&N Cup: Apurvi Chandela wins another gold in Munich

Apurvi Chandela shot 252.5 to beat Xu Hong of China by 1.8 point in the women’s air rifle final of the H&N Cup in Munich.

Apurvi Chandela

File photo: Apurvi Chandela beat China's Xu Hong by 1.8 point in the women’s air rifle final.   -  ISSF

It was another golden performance by Apurvi Chandela as she beat Xu Hong of China by 1.8 point in the women’s air rifle final of the H&N Cup in Munich, Germany, on Friday.

Qualifying into the final in the fourth place with a high score of 631.2, Apurvi shot 252.5 in the final.

After two golden efforts in the last competition in Austria, this was further proof of the sound training of Apurvi, in preparation for the Olympic year.

Apurvi was scheduled to shoot one more competition in Munich, but Rakesh Manpat, who has been mentoring Apurvi for some years, has suggested that she rest and recover for the selection trials to be held in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Rakesh felt that the purpose of the European trip had been well served for Apurvi and she needed the rest and recovery to improve on her high scores.

Shriyanka Sadangi who shot better than Apurvi in qualification for a score of 631.8, finished fourth behind Romane Matte of France.

Qualification topper Maria Martynova (632.1) of Belarus, finished eighth.

In men’s air rifle, Divyansh Singh Panwar (628.4) and Deepak Kumar (628.1) were unable to make the final, and finished 24th and 28th respectively, which provided a hint about the high quality competition.

Divyansh had won two competitions like Apurvi in Austria.

The results

Women’s air rifle: 1. Apurvi Chandela 252.5 (631.2); 2. Xu Hong (Chn)
250.7 (631.0); 3. Romane Matte (Fra) 227.8 (630.7); 4. Shriyanka
Sadangi 207.2 (631.8).