World University champion Vinita Bhardwaj was in irresistible form as she topped a strong field in winning the gold in women’s air rifle in the H&N Cup International Shooting Championship in Munich, Germany.
Vinita shot 251.0 in the final and beat the qualification topper Isabella Straub of Germany by 0.8 point for the gold. Vinita had qualified in the second place with an impressive 630.1, while Isabella had shot 1.5 point better.
World Championship silver-medallist Anjum Moudgil shot 627.8 for the 14th spot, while Shriyanka Sadangi had 627.4 for the 23rd place.
In the second match, Vinita Bhardwaj (627.4) and Shriyanka Sadangi (627.7) missed the final in air rifle, but former world record holder Heena Sidhu had a consistent fare in women’s air pistol, as she won the bronze and placed fourth in two matches.
Heena Sidhu was third behind World and Olympic champion Olena Kostevych of Ukrane and Rio Olympics silver medallist Vitalina Batsarashkina of Russia, after shooting 579 in qualification. She was ahead of Olympic champion Anna Korakaki of Greece, who had shot the second-best qualification score of 583, three points behind Olena.
In the second match, Heena shot 579 in qualification once again, and missed progress towards the medal by 0.1 point, while Olena Kostevych and Vitalina Batsarashkina continued to take the gold and silver respectively. Two-time World Champion Zorana Arunovic of Serbia placed
fifth behind Heena, even as Heidi Diethelm of Switzerland surged ahead to the bronze.
In men’s air rifle, Deepak Kumar shot 628.8 and placed 15th, as he missed a final berth by 1.2 point. World Cup gold-medallist Akhil Sheoran shot 624.9 for the 38th place.
In men’s air pistol, world record holder Shahzar Rizvi, who had won a gold and a silver in World Cups last year, shot 576 and placed 28th.
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