ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup, Day 5: A day to forget for India

Catch all the live scores, updates, highlights and commentary from Day 5 of the ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.

Anish was one of the Indians in action at the ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday.

Anish is one of the Indians in action at the ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday.   -  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.


  • 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men: Oliver Geis (GER), Christian Reitz (GER), Li Yuehong (CHN), Leuris Pupo (CUB), Muhammad Khalil Akhtar (PAK), and Yao Zhaonan (CHN) qualify for the finals.

  • 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men: In the second stage, Adarsh finishes with 576, after starting in the sixth relay. He is placed 25th.

  • 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men: Anish, who scored 286 in Stage 2, finishes 19th with a total score of 577, the highest among Indians.

  • 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men: Jawanda completes the Qualification round with a score of 573. He had scored 281 in Stage 1, on Saturday, with 98, 96 and an 87. On the penultimate day of the World Cup, however, he scores 292 (96, 98 and 95) in Stage 2 to place 30th.

  • 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men: Anhad Jawanda will start in the second relay at 06:20 pm IST.
    Adarsh Singh and Anish will begin at 09:40 pm IST in Relay 6.


25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men: Anish, Anhad Jawanda, and Adarsh Singh



Time of event (in IST)Event name
05:30 pm - 10:30 pm  25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men Stage 2
11:45 pmFinal 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men
12:45 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.



Olympian Sanjeev Rajput clinched the eighth quota place for Tokyo 2020 with the silver medal in men’s rifle 3-position event on Thursday. Added to that, Abhishek Verma continued his surge this season, pocketing another gold medal in the 10m Air Pistol event. Compatriot Saurabh Chaudhary, also bagged bronze in the same.

It was a brilliant performance by the 38-year-old Sanjeev, who had been denied a chance to compete in the Rio Olympics, as his Olympic quota had been exchanged for a shotgun quota by the National

Sanjeev had the gold within reach, but a below par last shot saw him miss his second World Cup gold, after the one he had won in 2011, by a slender 0.2 point margin to Petar Gorsa of Croatia, who had won the Olympic quota in air rifle.

It was a brave effort by Sanjeev, as he had to endure the suspense of a "zero" credited to him on the 39th shot in kneeling position, in the qualification phase. Eventually, he qualified in style with 1180,
after the protest of the Indian camp was upheld.

Climbing steadily to the top, after the kneeling and prone stages, in the final, Sanjeev was quite composed till the anti-climactic last shot.

Sanjeev, with this feat, has joined the elite quota holders list having Anjum Moudgil, Apurvi Chandela, Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma, Divyansh Singh Panwar, Rahi Sarnobat and Manu Bhaker.

He had shot 392 in kneeling, 398 in prone and 390 in standing in the qualification phase, to emerge the second best, one point behind Zhang Changhong of China.

As it happened

In the final, only five were eligible to win Olympic quota. There were two Serbians who were eligible to win one quota, apart from Simon Claussen of Norway and Jan Lochbihler of Switzerland.

When the second Serb finished fifth, Sanjeev and Simon had automatically confirmed their Olympic quota in the event.

In men’s air pistol, Saurabh (584) and Verma (582) qualified for the final, while Gaurav Rana stood eliminated after he finished 44th with 571 points.

Saurabh did not have the brightest of starts in the final, scoring three nine pointers in the first series of the first stage of competition. However, he slammed the acceleration soon, staying just a point behind then and eventual table-topper Verma at 101.6, after the completion of the first stage.

After Saurabh made an exit losing to Turkey's Ismail Keles by one point in the Elimination, Verma made sure to keep his calm and shut down all paths for Keles by shooting an eventual 10.7 to finish things off.

In women’s 25-metre sports pistol, Hungary's Veronika Major bagged her second gold this season. China's Xiong Yaxuan and Chia Chen Tien bagged silver and bronze, respectively. Yaxuan, additionally, clinched an Olympic Quota as well. Korea's Kim Jangmi got the fifth place and a quota. India's Chinki Yadav shot 584 and missed the final by one point to finish tenth. Annu Raj Singh (579) and Abhidnya Patil (572) placed 25th and 53rd, respectively.

The results:

Men: 50m rifle 3-position: 1. Petar Gorsa (Cro) 462.2 (1177); 2. Sanjeev Rajput 462.0 (1180); 3. Zhang Changhong (Chn) 449.2 (1181); 49. Chain Singh (Ind) 1161, 57. Parul Kumar (Ind) 1148.

Women: 25m Sports Pistol: 1. Veronika Major (Hun) 35; 2. Xiong Yaxuan (CHN) 33; 3. Chia Chen Tien (TPE) 28; 10. Chinki Yadav (Ind) 584, 25. Annu Raj Singh (Ind) 579; 53. Abhidnya Patil (Ind) 572

Men: 10m Air Pistol: 1. Abhishek Verma (Ind) 244.2; 2. Ismail Keles (Tur) 243.1; 3. Saurabh Chaudhary (Ind) 221. 9; 44. Gaurav Rana (Ind) 571



Asian Games silver medalist Deepak Kumar, who qualified for the 10m Air Rifle Finals on Friday, with a score of 627.9, finished seventh, missing out on both a podium finish and an Olympic Quota. Of the eight finalists, only three were eligible to get a Tokyo 2020 Quota.

Kumar, who had to beat either Slovakia's Patrik Jany or Australia's Dane Sampson to get a Quota place, had to make do with his final score of 143.6, following some sensational shooting by Jany. The 31-year-old shooter from New Delhi, was the best among his compatriots in the Qualification event where Yash Vardhan just missed out, scoring 627.7. He was placed ninth in Qualification. Kiran Ankush Jadhav, on the other hand, managed to score 627.5 , finishing 11th.

As it happened

Jany eventually went on to win the bronze and Sampson finished fourth to secure the Quotas even as the gold went to Yu Haonan of China who broke both the senior and junior world records with a stunning 252.8 finish.

Petar Gorsa of Croatia added a silver to go with his Thursday's gold in the men’s 50m Rifle 3 positions, where he pipped Sanjeev Rajput.

In women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions, Tejaswini Sawant finished seventh with a score of 1172 in the first relay of Elimination, whereas Anjum Moudgil, who had been fielded in the Minimum Qualification Score (MQS) section fetched 1169 points, the par score for the event being 1115. Gaayathri Nithyanadam placed 32nd with a score of 1155 in Elimination - Relay 2. Kajal Saini, in the first relay, had a better showing, with 1166.

India, presently, with two gold, one silver and a bronze, tops the medals tally with five more finals to go.



Yashaswini Singh Deswal, 22, didn't twitch an eyebrow, even when the odds were stacked heavily against her in 10m Air Pistol on Saturday. She topped the Qualification and stayed at the top in the final almost throughout, and when in the final moments she had to finish it all on a high, she pulled it off in style.

Only when she stared at the monitor to find out that she had shot 236.7 to stun former Olympic and World Champion and present World No 1 Olena Kostevych of Ukraine, did she let out a smile.

The newest Olympic quota winner on the block, yet another graduate from the Jaspal Rana school of shooting, with this feat, joined the elite quota holders list having Anjum Moudgil, Apurvi Chandela, Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma, Divyansh Singh Panwar, Rahi Sarnobat, Manu Bhaker, and Sanjeev Rajput.

As it happened

Deswal, earlier had topped the Qualification as well with a score of 582, seven points short of Anna Korakaki's and Kostevych's joint - World Record.

Kostevych and Serbia's Jasmina Milovanovic, meanwhile, grabbed the silver and bronze medals, respectively. Milovanovic, additionally, also won an Olympic Quota place for her country.

Earlier, in women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions Great Britain's Seonaid Mcintosh clinched gold with 461.2, while Kim Jehee (458.4) and Pei Ruijiao (448.1) won silver and bronze, respectively. The Indians in the event, Kajal Saini and Tejaswini Sawant crashed out of the Qualification round with scores of 1167 (22nd) and 1156 (47th), respectively.

India, presently, with three gold, one silver and a bronze, tops the medals tally with three more finals to go.

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