ISSF World Cup: Elavenil, Shreya and Ramita win gold in 10m air rifle team event

It was India’s time to win gold as the women’s air rifle team comprising Shreya Agrawal, Elavenil Valarivan and Ramita outplayed Denmark 17-5.

Indian women's air rifle comprising Ramita, Shreya Agrawal and Elavenil Valarivan won gold in in the ISSF World Cup.   -  Special Arrangement

It was India’s time to win gold as the women’s air rifle team comprising Shreya Agrawal, Elavenil Valarivan and Ramita outplayed Denmark 17-5 in the shooting World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Tuesday.

The Indian team had started well by topping qualification in the first stage. It wavered a bit in the second stage, to be 0.6 point behind Denmark, but ensured its berth in the gold match.

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The first medal helped India climb to the joint fifth spot in the medals table with Czech Republic, Finland, Greece and Iran, behind the leaders Korea, Serbia, Poland and France.

The men’s air rifle team of Rudrankksh Patil, Dhanush Srikanth and Paarth Makhija, started well, but lost its way and eventually got beaten in the bronze medal match by Croatia 16-10.

In a packed calendar for the season, the Indian team had planned to pace itself judiciously and had opted to field only 12 rifle shooters in the current World Cup.

The results

Air rifle

Men’s team: 1. Korea 16 (627.3) 936.3; 2. Australia 8 (626.6) 933.4; 3. Croatia (Josip Sikavica, Miran Maricic, Andrija Mikuljan) 16 (624.2) 940.0; 4. India (Rudrankksh Patil, Dhanush Srikanth, Paarth Makhija) 10 (624.9) 940.4.

Women’s team: 1. India (Shreya Agrawal, Elavenil Valarivan, Ramita) 17 (628.6) 944.4; 2. Denmark (Anna Nielsen, Emma Koch, Rikke Ibsen) 5 (629.2) 942.8; 3. Poland 16 (626.6) 944.1; 4. Korea 10 (626.5) 944.2.

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