ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup, Day 2: Sanjeev Rajput wins Olympic Quota as India bags one each of gold, silver and bronze medals

Catch all the live scores, updates, highlights and commentary from Day 2 of the ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.

Abhishek Verma, who already has an Olympic quota in 10m Air Pistol, bagged a gold medal on Thursday.

Abhishek Verma, who already has an Olympic quota in 10m Air Pistol, bagged a gold medal on Thursday.   -  ISSF

Hello and welcome to the highlights of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Rifle/Pistol World Cup at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

This was Santadeep Dey bringing you all the action as it unfurled at the range.



10m Air Pistol Men:

After 1st stage


  • Saurabh Chaudhary finishes first stage with a score of 100.6, while Abhishek Verma has the better score of the two with 101.6.
  • 8th place: Park Daehun bows out after Yusuf Dikec shoots 10.8 to avoid elimination.
  • 7th place: China's Pang Wei out with a final score of 139.8! Meanwhile Abhishek Verma has taken the top spot while Saurabh has slowly made his way to the second place.
  • 6th place: Yusuf Dikec couldn't make it this time but he has bagged the Tokyo 2020 Quota for Turkey with 160.8.
  • 5th place: Damir Mikec of Serbia has to settle for 181.7.
  • 4th place: Looked like it was all over for Saurabh when he shot a 9.6 but Omelchuk misfired soon after to get 8.2. Oleh Omelchuk has to leave the range with 200.8.
  • So both the Indians have been assured of a medal.
  • Bronze for Saurabh Chaudhary who finishes with a score of 221.9!
  • GOLD FOR ABHISHEK! INDIANS DOMINATING THIS WORLD CUP AS WELL! 244.2!!! The difference was just 0.1 before the last shot. What a thriller this was. Ismail Keles wins silver and an Olympic Quota!


  • 25m Pistol Women: The results are out! Second gold this season for Hungary's Veronika Major, silver and an Olympic quota for Xiong Yaxuan of China and bronze for Chia Chen Tien.

  • 25m Pistol Women: Korea's Kim Jangmi gets the fifth place in the finals but she has bagged the Olympic quota for her country.

  • 10m Air Pistol Men: Sarabjot Singh and Ravinder Singh score 581 and 580, respectively in MQS. The MQS for Tokyo 2020 is 563.

  • 25m Pistol Women: The finalists are: Chia Chen Tien (TPE), Klaudia Bres (POL), Anna Korakaki (GRE), Josefin Eder (GRE), Heidi Diethelm Gerber (SUI), Kim Jangmi (KOR), Veronika Major (HUN), and Xiong Yaxuan (CHN).

  • 10m Air Pistol Men: Saurabh Chaudhary (584 points) and Abhishek Verma (582 points) qualified for the final, while Gaurav Rana was 44th with 571. The final begins at 01:00 am IST.

  • 25m Pistol Women: India fails to make the final with Chinki Yadav finishing 10th (584 points), Annu Raj Singh 25th (579 points) and Abhidnya Ashok Patil 53rd (572 points).

50m Rifle 3 Positions Final

  • 152.9 (49.5, 52.1 and 51.3) is what Sanjeev Rajput pockets from the Kneeling round. He is presently fourth on the leaderboard!
  • Rajput scores 205.6 off the first five shots in Prone. However, what is interesting is, there is a tie for the first place with China, Norway and Croatia at 206.6.
  • 10 shots down in Prone: With AC/DC's Thunderstruck blaring out from the speakers at the range, Rajput is still at fourth and on course for a Quota with 257.6.
  • After 30 shots, Rajput is at 309.6 points and fourth place. Next up, is the standing position. This will be the Elimination Round.
  • Sanjeev Rajput moves to the second place after shooting a 10.7 and 10.5 off the fourth and fifth shots of the first five shots in Standing.
  • 10.9 from Rajput to start the next series of five! There is a loud cheer from the crowd.
  • 10.8 and 10.4 from Rajput! Goodness me! He has taken the first spot!
  • Timothy Sherry finishes at the 8th place with 403.1 points while Milenko Sebic finishes 7th with 403.3.
  • Switzerland's Jan Lochbihler misses out on the Olympic Quota as he finishes 6th with 414.5.
  • Serbia's Stevan Pletikosic finishes 5th with 424.8.
  • Fourth place: Simon Claussen shoots a 7! What was that? But he bags a Quota nonetheless with 436.8.
  • A medal and Quota confirmed for India! WOAH!
  • Zhang Changhong gets his first senior medal - bronze! 449.2 points.
  • 8.8 for Sanjeev Rajput! Oh no! SILVER! When everything pointed towards a gold, Rajput ends up with a silver with 462 points. Croatia's Petar Gorsa takes gold. Score: 462.2
  • 50m Rifle 3 Positions: This is so unfortunate! Sanjeev Rajput finishes 19th with 1171 points. The 10-point deficit is still in question. What, however, is interesting to note is, China's Changhong Zhang has 1181 points and he has topped the Qualification.

    SCRATCH THAT OUT! India's appeal for a score revision was successful and Rajput finishes second to qualify for the Finals. Do I breathe a Quota here?

    In the final, Sanjeev has to basically be ahead of the shooters from Norway and Switzerland. Two other Serbians can only fight for one quota, while the ones from China, Croatia and US are ineligible to fight for a quota place.

  • 25m Pistol Women: Chinki Yadav, after the second detail, finishes with 584 points. She is presently holding the 8th place.

  • 25m Pistol Women: Rahi Sarnobat finishes just below Bhaker with 580 points in the Minimum Qualification Score extra. As mentioned earlier, the MQS for this event is 555 points.

  • 25m Pistol Women: Abhidnya Ashok Patil is done with her Qualification relay. She has 572 points and after the first detail, her rank is 47.

  • 25m Pistol Women: Manu Bhaker finishes with 583 points in the Minimum Qualification Score extra. The MQS for this event is 555 points.

  • 50m Rifle 3 Positions: ELIMINATED! Chain Singh finishes the Qualification round placed 48th with 1161 points. Parul Kumar finishes 57th with 1148 points.

  • 10m Air Pistol Men: Saurabh Chaudhary (584 points) and Abhishek Verma (582 points) occupy the second and third places respectively after the first relay in Qualification. If things do not go haywire, they should be easily making the finals today.

    Sarabjot Singh, competing in the MQS event, scores 581. The MQS for this event is 563.

  • 50m Rifle 3 Positions: JUST IN! There has been a protest regarding Sanjeev Rajput's scoring. Read what Deepali Deshpande, one of the coaches with Indian team, has to say about it.

  • 10m Air Pistol Men: Korea's Daehun Park takes the top spot now after the fourth series. Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma are placed third and fifth now, respectively.

  • 10m Air Pistol Men: Sarabjot Singh, meanwhile, has scored 385 points from the first four series in the MQS section.

  • 10m Air Pistol Men: And there you go! The World No 1 Chaudhary has rightfully claimed his spot displacing compatriot Verma after three series. Things are getting exciting down here...

  • 50m Rifle 3 Positions: Sanjeev Rajput scores 398 in Prone. His position improves to 38 now.

  • 10m Air Pistol Men: Well... well... well... Saurabh Chaudhary isn't one to let things just slide easily. Even as Abhishek Verma has made his way to the top of the table already, Saurabh has taken the fifth spot.

  • 50m Rifle 3 Positions: And Sanjeev Rajput has started the climb again! The zero off the 39th shot hardly bothers him as he goes on to pocket 200/200 from the first two series of Prone. However, the deficiency of the valuable 10 points is definitely going to sting him.

  • 10m Air Pistol Men: Abhishek, at the end of the first series, has a score of 98 and is placed fourth. Saurabh, on the other hand, hasn't had the brightest of starts. The World No 1 has managed to score 95. His rank on the leaderboard is 19th.

  • 10m Air Pistol Men: Meanwhile, Abhishek Verma and Saurabh Chaudhary have gotten things going in the first relay. Gaurav Rana will be shooting later in the day in Relay 2.

    In the Minimum Qualification Score section, Sarabjot Singh and Ravinder Singh are participating. However, Ravinder's event is to start at 08:45 pm IST.

  • 50m Rifle 3 Positions: Parul Kumar slips to the 54th spot after shooting 387 in the Prone round. Chain Singh too, despite shooting 395 in Prone, is placed 49th, owing to his low total in Kneeling.

  • 50m Rifle 3 Positions: Sanjeev Rajput has misfired! His penultimate shot in kneeling is off target: 0 points. However, he shoots a 10 again in the next shot.

  • 50m Rifle 3 Positions: Parul Kumar shoots 98 and 99 in the first two series of the Prone round. Chain Singh starts off with two 99s.

  • 50m Rifle 3 Positions: Parul Kumar scores 386 points in Kneeling round. He is presently holding the 50th position. Chain Singh scores 381. He is the last man on the leaderboard.

  • 50m Rifle 3 Positions: Sanjeev Rajput is off to a good start in the Qualification round. He shoots 99, 98, 98 in the first three series of the Kneeling round. Parul Kumar and Chain Singh, on the other hand, have pocketed scores of 96, 97, 97 and 97, 91, 95, respectively.


50m Rifle 3 Positions Men: Sanjeev Rajput, Parul Kumar, and Chain Singh

10m Air Pistol Men: Sarabjot Singh (MQS), Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma, Gaurav Rana, and Ravinder Singh

25m Pistol Women: Manu Bhaker (MQS), Abhidnya Ashok Patil, Rahi Sarnobat (MQS), Chinki Yadav, and Annu Raj Singh



Time of event (in IST)Event name
05:30 pm - 08:15 pm 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men
06:45 pm - 08:00 pm10m Air Pistol Men Relay 1
07:00 pm - 10:00 pm25m Pistol Women Rapid Fire Stage
08:45 pm - 10:00 pm10m Air Pistol Men Relay 2
09:15 pmFinal 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men
10:15 pmVictory Ceremony
11:15 pmFinal 25m Pistol Women
12:00 amVictory Ceremony
01:00 amFinal 10m Air Pistol Men
01:45 amVictory Ceremony



Elavenil Valarivan clinched the gold medal with 251.7 points in 10m Air Rifle on Wednesday. This was the first senior World Cup medal for the 20-year-old from Cuddalore.

Great Britain's Seonaid Mcintosh and Taiwan's Lin Ying-Shin, meanwhile, grabbed the silver and bronze medals, respectively. Ying-Shin, additionally, also won an Olympic Quota place for her country.

Valarivan, who shot 629.4 in the qualification round and placed fourth, to join her senior Anjum Moudgil in the final, earlier, had a series of 105.8, 106.0, 105.4, 103.4, 103.9, and 104.9.

Moudgil, on the other hand, finished sixth.

As it happened

Earlier, the two-time World Cup gold medallist Apurvi Chandela crashed out of the qualification after being placed 11th with a score of 627.7.

Mehuli Ghosh, who took part in the Minimum Qualification Score (MQS) section, had a total of 629.1.

In women’s 25-metre sports pistol, Chinki Yadav shot 290 in the precision stage, while Abhidnya Patil pocketed 286. Annu Raj Singh, later, in the last relay, scored 292. In the MQS section, Manu Bhaker and Rahi Sarnobat finished with 293 and 289 points in Precision, respectively.

In men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions, Sanjeev Rajput finished at 14th with a total score of 1170 in Elimination Relay 1. Chain Singh, on the other hand,  placed 27th with 1163.

The finals of the events will be live streamed on ISSF's Youtube handle.