ISSF World Championship: Anjum Moudgil to battle for medal

As on Thursday, India had managed to confirm just two Olympic berths, with both coming in the same event.

In the 50m rifle 3-positions event, all eyes will be on Anjum Moudgil to secure a medal and a quota place for India.   -  ISSF

With 18 podium finishes, India is currently placed second in the medal tally behind Korea at the ISSF World Championships in Changwon, Korea. Yes, India's best-ever showing at the premier tournament has pushed China to the third spot, but the country has fared poorly in terms of collecting Olympic tickets. Most of the medals that India have earned have come in the junior events or in non-Olympic events.

As on Thursday, India had managed to confirm just two Olympic berths, with both coming in the same event. There were new additions to that list on Friday as well as none of them made the final in the men's 50m Rifle 3-positions event and the trap mixed team event.

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India will desperately be seeking for reversal of fortune on Saturday. A total of eight spots are up for grab on Saturday — women's 50m Rifle 3- positions (four quota places) and 25m pistol women. At the end of the precision stage in the women's 25m pistol, teenager Manu Bhaker was the best-placed Indian, shooting an impressive 294 out of 300 to be among the joint top four scores. Asian Games champion Rahi Sarnobat was lying 27th with 289, while Asiad bronze medallist Heena Sidhu shot 284 to be in 61st position.

In the 50m rifle 3-positions event, all eyes will be on Anjum Moudgil to secure a medal and a quota place for India. The 22-year-old won the silver medal in the 10m air rifle event to secure India's first Olympic berth on Monday. Gayatri Nithyanandram is the other Indian in the fray.

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Olympic events:

50m Rifle 3 positions women: Gaayatri Nithyanandam and Anjum Moudgil -

25M PISTOL WOMEN: Rahi Sarnobat, Heena Sindhu, Manu Bhaker ( Rapid Fire stage)

Non-Olympic event:

DOUBLE TRAP MEN: Lakshjeet Singh Sidhu, Ankur Mittal, Shapath Bharadwaj, Ahvar Rizvi, Asab Mohammad, Shardul Vihan

Juniors:

TRAP MIXED TEAM JUNIOR: Vivaan Kapoor and Soumya Gupta, Manavaditya Singh Rathore (Sports Minister Rathore's son) and Manisha Keer

25m pistol women junior: Devanshi Rana, Arunima Gaur, Muskan

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Sept. 8 Schedule (IST)

05:00 - 07:45    50m Rifle 3 Positions Women

05:00 - 08:30    Trap Mixed Team Junior

05:00 - 10:30    Double Trap Men

05:00 - 10:30    Double Trap Men Junior - GP only

05:30 - 10:00    10m Running Target Men Slow Run

05:30 - 10:00    10m Running Target Men Junior Slow Run

05:30 - 10:00    10m Running Target Women Slow Run

05:30 - 10:00    10m Running Target Women Junior Slow Run - GP only

08:45    Final 50m Rifle 3 Positions Women

9:30 - 10:50    25m Pistol Women Rapid Fire Stage

10:30:    Final Trap Mixed Team Junior

11:10 - 11:40    25m Pistol Women Junior Rapid Fire Stage

12:00    Final 25m Pistol Women

13:15    Final 25m Pistol Women Junior