ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup 2019: Saurabh-Bhaker, Moudgil-Divyansh strike gold in mixed team events

While Anjum Moudgil and Divyansh Singh Panwar struck gold with a score of 20.6 off the last shot, Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary bagged gold with a scoreline of 16-6.

Anjum Moudgil and Divyansh Singh Panwar bag the gold medal with a score of 20.6 off the last shot, after finishing sixth in the qualification round.

Good morning! Hello and welcome to the highlights of the ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup 2019 in Beijing, China.

The mixed air rifle and air pistol finals today, gave a chance for the Indian shooters to be better prepared for the new Olympic event, even though there was no Olympic quotas on offer.

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  • Anjum Moudgil and Divyansh Singh Panwar have struck gold with a score of 20.6 off the last shot.
     
  • Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary bag the second gold of the day with a scoreline of 16-6. With that we have come to the end of Day 3.

    Stay tuned to Sportstar for all the updates from the ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup 2019!

 

  • ANOTHER GOLD FOR INDIA! Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary bag gold in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team Final finishing with a score of 16-6.

     
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    121.620.22-0
    220.320.04-0
    321.319.66-0
    420.820.38-0
    520.619.810-0
    620.219.612-0
    719.920.612-2
    820.321.012-4
    919.920.812-6
    1020.618.814-6
    1120.220.016-6

     
  • 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team Final: Time for another gold medal match! It is Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker vs Jiang Ranxin and Pang Wei.
     
  • 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team: While Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary finish fifth with 482 points, Heena Sidhu and Rizvi Shahzar manage to find the 12th spot.

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    Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary finished fifth with 482 points.


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    Heena Sidhu and Rizvi Shahzar managed to find the 12th spot.


     
  • 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team: Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary score 482 to stay sixth on the qualification table. Heena Sidhu and Shahzar Rizvi have shot a first series score of 191.
     
  • Good news! Anjum Moudgil and Divyansh Singh Panwar bag the gold medal with a score of 20.6 off the last shot.

Dear readers,

There was a bit of information gap. The ISSF official website, which has been non-responsive for a while, showed that the top five teams qualified as is customary.

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The 10m Air Rifle Qualification result and Finals start list as shown on the website.

 

However, eight teams made it to a quarterfinal round, from where we had semis and then the finals:

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The new ISSF 10m Air Rifle event format.

 


(Courtesy: ISSF Youtube handle)

  • Adarsh Singh and Arpit Goel finish with scores of 290 and 288 respectively in the second round of the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Qualification event.
     
  • First round of Stage 1 of the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol MQS extra ends with Bhavesh Shekhawat finishing fifth with 279 points.
     
  • At the end of 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Relay 2, India's Apurvi Chandela and Deepak Kumar have managed to qualify for the finals, finishing fifth on the leaderboard, even as Moudgil and Divyansh just failed to make the cut, finishing as the sixth team on the table.
     
  • After 50 shots, Apurvi and Deepak have finally managed to displace Moudgil and Divyansh with a score of 522.8.

    However, second on the table, Moudgil and Divyansh are just 0.1 points behind.
     
  • Anish Bhanwal, too, is faring well at the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Qualification event. Fourth on the leaderboard now, he has a score of 289 after the first stage. China's Cheng Zhipeng topped the stage with 293.

    Arpit Goel and Adarsh Singh will be up and ready to fire in the second round.
     
  • 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Qualification: What a brilliant start to the day! Anjum Moudgil and Divyansh Singh Panwar are setting fire at the shooting range in Beijing. They are right at the top with a score of 417.7 after the first two series.

    Apurvi Chandela and Deepak Kumar closely follow as they stand second with a total of 416.9 after the first two series.

The following Indians will be in action today:

10m Air Rifle Mixed Team: Apurvi Chandela and Deepak Kumar, Anjum Moudgil and Divyansh Singh Panwar

10m Air Pistol Mixed Team: Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary, Heena Sidhu and Shahzar Rizvi

25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men: Anish Bhanwala, Arpit Goel, Adarsh Singh and Bhavesh Shekhawat (MQS)

 

Highlights of Day 2:

Former World junior champion and Youth Olympics finalist Yashaswini Singh Deswal shot 577 and missed the women’s air pistol final by one point in the shooting World Cup in Beijing on Wednesday.

Yashaswini had an impressive run with scores of 98, 98, 97, 98 and 95 before she lost the race in the last round with a score of 91.

In fact, the last round proved the nemesis for the Youth Olympics champion Manu Bhaker, who shot 575 and was placed 17th. She had 92 in the last round, after a run of 96, 98, 97, 97 and 95.

Two-time Olympian Heena Sidhu had more trouble to tackle as she had scores of 93 and 92 in the second and sixth rounds. Heena shot 572 for the 26th spot.

While, World and Olympic champion Anna Korakaki of Greece topped qualification with 585, Kim Minjung of Korea won the gold with a superlative performance as she beat Vitalina Batsarashkina of Russia by 4.4 points. Veronika Major of Hungary won the bronze ahead of Anna Korakaki.

Nino Salukvadze of Georgia and Anudari Tsolmonbaatar of Mongolia who had shot 578 in qualification and placed fifth and sixth respectively walked away with the Olympic quota places.

Read: 'Each shot is a decider when you don't have an Olympic quota'

In men’s 50-metre rifle 3-position event, Filip Nepejchal of the Czech Republic won with a junior world record score of 458.7, as he beat World champion and Olympic silver medallist Sergey Kamenskiy of Russia by 0.6 point. The Czech won the Olympic quota place along with the bronze medallist Zhao Zhonghao of China.

The Indian shooters were off target in this event. Olympian Chain Singh shot 1165 and missed the final by seven points. Parul Kumar shot 1164 for the 33rd place.

Olympian Sanjeev Rajput had a hard time, as he scored 359 out of 400 in standing, after rounds of 388 in kneeling and 398 in prone. A total of 1145 placed Sanjeev 58th.

Sanjeev had shot 1171 in the elimination round the previous day.

The results:

Men: 50m rifle 3-position: 1. Filip Nepejchal (Cze) 458.7 WRJ (1176); 2. Sergey Kamenskiy (Rus) 458.1 (1176); 3. Zhao Zhonghao (Chn) 445.1 (1173); 27. Chain Singh 1165; 33. Parul Kumar 1164; 58. Sanjeev Rajput 1145. MQS: Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar 1166.

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Filip Nepejchal overtook Kamenskiy to top the leaderboard scoring 458.7

Women: 10m air pistol: 1. Kim Minjung (Kor) 245.0 (580); 2. Vitalina Batsarashkina (Rus) 240.6 (581); 3. Veronika Major (Hun) 220.5 (582); 10. Yashaswini Singh Deswal 577; 17. Manu Bhaker 575; 26. Heena Sidhu 572.
 

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Korea's Minjung Kim bagged gold in the 10m Air Pistol final.

 

Here is a rundown of Thursday's events:

Time (in IST)Event
06:30 AM - 07:20 AM10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Relay 1
06:30 AM - 10:30 AM25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men Stage 1
08:00 AM - 08:50 AM10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Relay 2
09:50 AMFinal Air Rifle Mixed Team
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM10m Air Pistol Mixed Team Relay 1
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM10m Air Pistol Mixed Team Relay 2
01:50 PMFinal 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team

 

A look at how things stood ahead of the Beijing World Cup:

A 28-member Indian team will aim to add to the three Olympic quota places won so far, in the World Cup starting in Beijing on Tuesday.

The young Saurabh Chaudhary -- the Asian Games air pistol champion, Youth Olympics champion and the World Junior champion -- was the only one to win the Olympic quota in the World Cup at home in February.

Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela had won the quota in women’s air rifle in the World Championship last year.

The opening day’s competition will feature women’s air rifle, which would only add to the competitive exposure for Anjum, Apurvi, Elavenil Valarivan, and the MQS shooter Mehuli Ghosh, as a country cannot win more than two Olympic quota in any event.

READ: Olympic quotas reallocated to World Cups in Beijing, Munich

The focus from the Indian perspective will thus be on Wednesday, when there will be women’s air pistol and men’s 50-metre rifle 3-position finals.

Manu Bhaker will be the one to watch, as the 12th standard student is No.1 in both air pistol and the 25-metre sports pistol. With two-time Olympian and former World record holder Heena Sidhu, apart from Yashaswini Deswal in the line up, India has a realistic chance of striking it hot in women’s air pistol.

Olympians Sanjeev Rajput and Chain Singh apart from Parul Kumar will attempt to make the rifle 3-position event memorable.

The mixed air rifle and air pistol finals will be held on Thursday, giving a chance for the Indian shooters to be better prepared for the new Olympic event, even though there will be no Olympic quota available.

Ravi Kumar, Deepak Kumar and Divyansh Singh Panwar will be in line to win the Olympic quota place in men’s air rifle, on Friday.

More significantly, the 25-metre rapid fire pistol shooters will have a better chance for Olympic quota as three will be on offer, unlike two in all other events.

It may be recalled that the rapid fire pistol quota places were withheld in the Delhi World Cup, as visa for two Pakistani rapid fire pistol shooters had been denied. Those two quota places will be given one each additionally in the Beijing and Munich World Cups.

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Anish Bhanwala, along with Arpit Goel and Adarsh Singh will fight for the quota places in rapid fire.

In men’s air pistol, in which Saurabh Chaudhary will be fielded in the MQS event to enhance the chances of a second Indian winning the Olympic quota, the onus will be on World Cup gold medallist Shahzar Rizvi, Asian Games bronze medallist Abhishek Verma and World Junior champion Arjun Singh Cheema to capitalise on the opportunity.

The World Cup will close with the finals in women’s 25-metre sports pistol and the 50-metre rifle 3-position events on Sunday. Asian Games gold medallist Rahi Sarnobat, apart from Manu Bhaker and Chinki Yadav will be competing in the pistol event.

Gaayathri Nithyanandam, Sunidhi Chauhan and Kajal Saini will try to prove that it is a fair decision to field the World record holder Anjum Moudgil in the MQS section in the event, so as to help the team strike further Olympic quota.

The presence of a battery of coaches, Samaresh Jung, Ved Prakash, Pavel Smirnov, Randhir Singh, Manoj Kumar, Oleg Mikhailov, Deepali Deshpande, Jaspal Rana and Suma Shirur would mean that it will be difficult to blame the absence of coaches for unsatisfactory performance!