ISSF World Cup Final: All Indians in action on Day 2 knocked out

While Manu Bhaker and Rahi Sarnobat bowed out of the women's 25m pistol, Anish Bhanwala crashed out of 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event.

Manu Bhaker became the second Indian to finish top in 10m Air Pistol in a World Cup Final after Heena Sidhu in 2013.

Manu Bhaker will be competing in women's 25m sports pistol.   -  ISSF

Hello and welcome to the highlights of the ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup Final at Putian in China.

 

That will be all from the centre. This was Santadeep Dey, bringing you all the action as it unfurled at the Chinese Shooting and Archery Administration Center. See you tomorrow!


HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Final 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men: Double Delight for France as it strikes gold and bags the bronze as well!

    Clement Bessaguet scores 32 to finish top. Germany's Christian Reitz and Jean Quiquampoix finish second and third, respectively.

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  • 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men: Anish Bhanwala finishes 10th, with a score of 578 (292 in Stage 1 and 286 in Stage 2). He crashes out as well.

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  • 25m Pistol Women Final: China's Zhang Jingjing wins gold, while Korea's Kim Minjung bags silver. Germany's Monika Karsch settles for bronze.

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  • 25m Pistol Women:

    Below is the complete list of finalists:

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  • 25m Pistol Women: The Rapid stage is done and Bhaker, who had a brilliant first stage, shoots 291 to take the 10th place on the leaderboard. Rahi, meanwhile, scores 286 to stay at the lowermost spot (18th).

    Both the shooters have been knocked out.
     
  • 25m Pistol Women: Manu Bhaker is off to a good start as she completes the Precision stage with a score of 292 (97, 99, 96).

    Rahi Sarnobat
    hasn't had a good start. She shoots 283 (97, 92, 94) to take the 18th spot.
     

Indians in action today:

25m Pistol Women: Manu Bhaker and Rahi Sarnobat

25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men: Anish Bhanwala

 

Day 2 schedule:

EventTime (in IST)
25m Pistol Women Precision Stage06:30 am - 07:30 am
25m Pistol Women Rapid Stage08:00 am - 08:30 am
25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men Stage 109:00 am - 10:00 am
Final 25m Pistol Women09:30 am
25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men Stage 210:30 am - 11:30 am
Final Rapid Fire Pistol Men12:20 pm

 

Hey guys, a very good morning to all of you! To catch all the highlights from Day 1 click here.

India will field its largest-ever squad in each of the 10 Olympic events at The International Shooting Sport Federation's (ISSF) season-ending Rifle and Pistol World Cup Final in Putian.

Each of India's 14 shooters (nine of them have won Olympic quotas) will represent the nation in as many as 19 starts. All marksmen and markswomen will be competing for the top spot in the 2019 rankings. The top shooters on the leaderboard at the end of the competition, on Friday, will become the first ever winners of the “Golden Target” -  an award for the best shooters of the year established by the new leadership at the ISSF.

All shooters who have qualified for the individual events will also be able to take part in the mixed team events, which have been included in the program of the World Cup Finals for the first time. The international pairs will be determined by a random draw and the winning duo will receive the President’s Trophy.

The Indian contingent

Anjum Moudgil, Apurvi Chandela, Elavenil Valarivan, Mehuli Ghosh, Manu Bhaker, Yashaswini Singh Deswal, Rahi Sarnobat, Saurabh Chaudhary , Abhishek Verma, Anish Bhanwala, Divyansh Singh Panwar, Akhil Sheoran, Sanjeev Rajput, and Shahzar Rizvi.

 

The 2019 form book

Apurvi Chandela and Anjum Moudgil became the first Indians to bag Olympic quotas during the ISSF World Championships at Changwon in September last year. Moudgil finished second on the podium while Apurvi finished fourth.

Apurvi, however, had a much better season since. She finished at the top of the 10m Air Rifle standings with a whopping 2754 rating. The 26-year-old's standout performance came in the New Delhi World Cup where she won gold while setting a new world record of 252.9 points. She also bagged gold at the World Cup in Munich with a score of 251.0 in the finals.

Moudgil's twin golds in 2019 came from the mixed team event at the World Cups in Munich and Beijing, partnering the young Divyansh Singh Panwar. As of now she is seventh on the leaderboard with 960 points.

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Panwar, the quota holder in the men's section of 10m Air Rifle, has struck gold thrice in 2019 — two of which came from the Munich and Beijing World Cups. He also finished first at the Asian Airgun Championships in Taoyuan with a final score of 249.7.

One of the biggest highlights in Indian shooting this year has been the rise of Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma. The pair lead the 2019 standings with ratings of 2697 and 2149 respectively.

Saurabh, like Apurvi, put up a spectacular performance in New Delhi where he scored a then world record 245.0 and bagged a Tokyo 2020 quota place in the process. He won gold again at Munich with 246.3 points, shattering the record he set in Delhi. The Asian Games gold medalist paired up with Manu Bhaker in the mixed team events thrice, in New Delhi, Munich and Beijing, and won gold in all the events.

Abhishek bettered his Asian Games performance, winning gold in Rio de Janeiro and Beijing. His maiden World Cup final in the Chinese capital saw him bag a quota as well.

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Bhaker and Yashaswini Singh Deswal have won quota places in the 10m Air Pistol event.

The latter, with 1315 rating points, is the highest-placed Indian woman on the 2019 event leaderboard. The 22-year-old, who was Abhishek's partner in the mixed team events, secured her quota with a gold medal finish in Rio (236.7).

Bhaker, mentored by Jaspal Rana, picked up right from where she left in 2018 — winning four gold medals in the mixed team events in New Delhi, Munich, and Beijing.

The country secured its first Tokyo 2020 quota in women's 25m sports pistol when Rahi Sarnobat won her only gold of the year in the Munich World Cup, six years since she won her last WC gold.

Veteran Sanjeev Rajput bagged India's eighth quota at the Rio World Cup amid controversy. The shooter was awarded a zero in one of his shots due to a scoring equipment malfunction. However, the error was rectified and Rajput went on to bag silver in the men's 50m rifle 3 positions event.

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Though Elavenil Valarivan finished first in 10m Air Rifle in Rio, she failed to get a quota as India already had the maximum allowed two quotas in the event by then. However, her World Cup ranking of eight helped her qualify for the final.

Mehuli Ghosh, who mostly shot in the Minimum Qualification Score (MQS) events at the World Cups, notched up scores which would have seen her qualify for the finals in the main events. Coached by Olympian Joydeep Karmakar, she has had an excellent year, finishing with a World Cup ranking of 10.

Also participating are Akhil Sheoran (50m Rifle 3 Positions) and Shahzar Rizvi (10m Air Pistol), both with a World Cup ranking of nine.

Anish Bhanwal, participating in 25m Rapid Fire Pistol, holds the sixth place in WC rankings.
 

Where to watch?

The event finales will be broadcast live on ISSF's YouTube handle.