ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup Highlights: Elavenil bags gold, her first senior WC medal

Catch all the highlights, updates and commentary from Day 1 of the ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.

File photo: Elavenil Valarivan has won her first senior World Cup medal.   -  Kamesh Srinivasan

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.


  • 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men (MQS): Swapnil Kusale bags 1166 points. The MQS par score for the event is 1135.
  • 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men: Parul Kumar finishes with 1169 points, placed 10th in Elimination Relay 2.

10m Air Rifle Women Final Highlights

  • As we all know the first elimination is to take place after 12 shots.
  • Anjum Moudgil has been allotted Firing Point A and Elavenil Valarivan Firing Point F.
  • And the final is underway...
  • Anjum Moudgil - 10.6, Elavenil Valarivan - 10.0
  • Anjum Moudgil - 10.7, Elavenil Valarivan - 10.6
  • Anjum Moudgil - 63.2, Elavenil Valarivan - 62.7
  • Oh my gosh! What happened there? A shocker from qualification topper Tucker. She ends up shooting 9.3.
  • Anjum Moudgil - 93.8, Elavenil Valarivan - 94.1
  • Anjum Moudgil - 103.9, Elavenil Valarivan - 104.9
  • With a poor second series, Anjum Moudgil has dropped to the 5th place and Valarivan has pushed herself up to the second place.
  • Anjum Moudgil - 114.6, Elavenil Valarivan - 115.7
  • Qualification topper Mary Carolynn Tucker is now at 114.3 points and at the 8th place after 11 shots.
  • And that is it, the first shooter to leave the range would be Tucker. 8th place. 124.5 points.
  • Anjum Moudgil - 135.7, Elavenil Valarivan - 136.8
  • Eliminated! Korea's Jihyeon Keum, who qualified with a 3rd place. 7th place. 145.2 points.
  • Anjum Moudgil - 156.7, Elavenil Valarivan - 157.7
  • Anjum Moudgil has been eliminated! 6th place. 166.8 points.
  • Elavenil Valarivan with 168.3 points, meanwhile, is holding the top spot.
  • Elavenil Valarivan - 179.1
  • Laura - Georgeta Coman out! 5th place. 187.7 points
  • Meanwhile, Elavenil Valarivan sits comfortably at the top with 189.9 points.
  • Iran gets a Quota place after Armina Sadeghian goes out, fourth with 208.5 points.
  • Elavenil Valarivan - 221.2
  • Lin Ying-Shin gets bronze and a Quota place! 229.9 points.
  • Seonaid Mcintosh shoots 9.8 and the difference has shot up to 1.6 now. Valarivan has all but bagged it!
  • 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men (MQS): Swapnil Kusale shoots 392 in Prone and takes his total to 784.

  • 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men: Parul Kumar completes Prone as well. His scores read 98, 98, 98, and 97. He has slipped further down from the first round to take the 24th place on the table.

  • 10m Air Rifle Women: ELIMINATED! Apurvi Chandela finishes 11th with a qualification score of 627.7.

    Elavenil Valarivan
    , meanwhile, finished 4th with 629.4 and Moudgil fifth with 629.1 to qualify for the finals which are scheduled to begin at 12:00 am.

  • 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men: Parul Kumar scores 388 in the Kneeling round. Position: 21st.

  • 10m Air Rifle Women: Chandela scores 104.9 and 105.4 in the second and third series. Will she be able to finish ahead of Valarivan among Indians?

  • 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men: Parul Kumar starts off with a 95 and follows it up with a 100 in the first two series of Kneeling!

  • 10m Air Rifle Women: Apurvi Chandela pockets a score of 105.0 in the first series. After the first series in earlier relays, while Valarivan had a score of 105.8, Moudgil had managed 104.8.

  • 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men (MQS): Swapnil Kusale shoots 98 in the first series of the Kneeling round.

  • 25m Pistol Women: Annu Raj Singh scores 292 points in the Precision round of the Qualification.

  • #StatAttack: Swiss shooter Jan Lochbihler, who finished with 1188 points in Elimination Relay 1, has set a new Qualification World Record. 
  • 10m Air Rifle Women: Anjum Moudgil slips to the fifth place after Valarivan finishes with 629.4 points in Relay 2.
  • 25m Pistol Women: Chinki Yadav's score in Precision is 290 (10th). Patil, meanwhile, with her score of 286 in the same round has slipped down to the 25th place.
  • 25m Pistol Women (MQS): Rahi Sarnobat finishes with 289 points in Precision.
  • 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men: Sanjeev Rajput slips to the 14th place. He finishes with a total score of 1170 in Elimination Relay 1.

    Chain Singh finishes 27th with 1163.
  • 10m Air Rifle Women: If you were thinking Moudgil  was here to put up the best show among Indians, you were so wrong. Valarivan raises medal hopes and has now climbed to the top with a score of 106.0 in the second series.
  • 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men (MQS): Tomar finishes with 1165 points, which is way higher than what is required to stay in contention for the Games (1135).
  • 10m Air Rifle Women: Elavenil Valarivan's 105.8 in the first series has pushed her up to the second spot. However, this round has just started with another to go and this is just an estimated ranking.
  • 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men: Seems like we jinxed it! There's bad news... Sanjeev's scores of 94 followed by a 92 in Standing have pushed him down to 10th on the table.
  • 25m Pistol Women (MQS): Rahi Sarnobat starts off with a 94 in the first series. However, she has recovered well in the second series to score 98.
  • 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men (MQS): Tomar gets 392 points in Prone to move to 5th on the scoreboard.

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  • 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men: Sanjeev Rajput still going strong, ladies and gents! Although, I hope I don't jinx it. 398 in Prone now and still the second place!

    Chain Singh
    scores 394 in Prone.
  • 10m Air Rifle Women (MQS): Mehuli follows Moudgil's suit! 629.1 points is what she finishes with.


    Mehuli Ghosh finishes with 629.1 points in 10m Air Rifle MQS.   -  ISSF

  • 10m Air Rifle Women: And Moudgil does it again! She didn't get the most promising of starts but it is commendable as to how she has managed to regain her composure to finish the Qualification at the second spot after the first relay, just 0.4 points behind top-scorer Jihyeon Keum of Korea. 629.1 its is!


    Anjum Moudgil finishes Relay 1 with 629.1 points.   -  ISSF

  • 25m Pistol Women (MQS): Manu Bhaker, who hasn't been included in the main event to provide a fair opportunity for the other shooters to win Quotas, shoots 293 in the Precision round.

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    Rahi Sarnobat
    will be starting shortly as well.
  • 25m Pistol Women: Abhidnya Ashok Patil has scored 286 in the Precision Round.

    The other two Indians in action, Annu Raj Singh and Chinki Yadav, will start in the next rounds.
  • 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men (MQS): Meanwhile, Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar, who recently set a world record score of 459.3 in the 50m Rifle 3 Positions Final in the Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany, has also gotten off to a promising start. His scores read 385 and 392 in Kneeling and Prone, respectively.
  • 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men: Well... Well... Well... What are we seeing here? Sanjeev Rajput is holding the second place in Elimination 1. 396 points from Kneeling! A long way to go from here, but will we be bagging our eighth Quota today? What do you guys think?

    Chain Singh, meanwhile, has only managed to score 387 points from Kneeling.
  • 10m Air Rifle Women (MQS): Mehuli has notched 419.6 after four series. She loses the top spot to China's Ruozhu Zhao.
  • 10m Air Rifle Women: And with a 10.5 off the last shot of the third series, Moudgil pushes herself up the rungs to the third spot (313.9). Netherland's Manon Smeets and Chinese Taipei's Ying-Shin Lin lead the group.
  • 10m Air Rifle Women (MQS): And as is customary, Mehuli Ghosh gets off to a strong start with a score of 41.6 in the first five shots off the first series (10.6, 10.4, 10.3 and 10.3). She is yet again at the top of the leaderboard but as one might be already aware, she is competing in the MQS event and therefore will not be eligible for an Olympic quota.

    What is MQS or the Minimum Qualification Score?

    The MQS, which is designated by the ISSF for each shooting event, is the score that an athlete has to achieve at least once within a specified cycle in order to become eligible to take part in the Olympic Games or in the Youth Olympic Games.

    The personal MQS, called the Individual Qualification Score (IQS) of each athlete are recorded through ISSF supervised shooting events.

    For example, the MQS for men’s 10m air rifle has been set to 595. Therefore, a shooter named to represent a particular country in the Olympics must have scored 595 or more during an ISSF event at least once during a said timeframe.
  • 10m Air Rifle Women: Anjum Moudgil starts off with scores of 10.4, 10.5 and 10.1 in the first three shots of the first series.


Time of event (in IST)Event name
05:30 pm - 06:45 pm10m Air Rifle Women Relay 1
05:30 pm - 08:15 pm50m Rifle 3 Positions Men Elimination 1
05:30 pm - 10:30 pm25m Pistol Women Precision Stage
07:30 pm - 08:45 pm10m Air Rifle Women Relay 2
08:00 pm - 10:45 pm50m Rifle 3 Positions Men Elimination 2
09:30 pm - 10:45 pm10m Air Rifle Women Relay 3
11:00 pmVictory Ceremony
12:00 amFinal 10m Air Rifle Women


It will be an interesting challenge for the Indian team to add to its collection of seven Olympic quota places for Tokyo 2020, in the World Cup starting in Rio on Wednesday.

The Indian team has been preparing for the last World Cup of the season for about a fortnight in Rio itself, and thus should be well acclimatised to deal with the challenges and deliver the results.

It may be recalled that the Indian team did draw an uncharacteristic blank in the Rio Olympics in 2016, with the former World and Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra missing a medal in air rifle by 0.1 point.

A lot has changed in Indian shooting in the last three years. Quite notably the Indian rifle and pistol team had topped the medals table in the last three World Cups in Delhi, Beijing and Munich.

There will be hope on the young rapid fire pistol shooters Anish Bhanwala, Adarsh Singh and Anhad Jawanda to strike an Olympic quota.

The men’s air rifle shooters, Asian Games silver medallist Deepak Kumar, Yash Vardhan and Kiran Jadhav will be keen to add to the Olympic quota won by Divyansh Singh Panwar.

In the absence of two-time Olympian and former World record holder, Heena Sidhu, the onus will be on Olympian Annu Raj Singh and Asian Games medallist Shweta Singh, apart from Youth Olympics finalist Yashaswini Singh Deswal, to add to the Olympic quota won by Manu Bhaker in women’s air pistol.

It should not be a surprise if Apurvi Chandela adds another medal to her two individual women’s air rifle gold won this season, in Delhi and Munich.

There will be interest in the 50-metre rifle 3-position events in both the men’s and women’s sections, apart from the women’s 25-metre sports pistol.

With the shotgun team having drawn a blank so far in the World Cups, in terms of Olympic quota, the rifle and pistol shooters have done very well to gather seven quotas so far, through Anjum Moudgil, Apurvi Chandela, Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma, Divyansh Singh Panwar, Rahi Sarnobat and Manu Bhaker.

There is no reason why the strong Indian team cannot add to its collection before the last chance for Olympic qualification in the Asian Championship in Doha in November.


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