ISSF World Cup Final: Manu, Elavenil, Divyansh treat India to triple gold

Catch the live score, commentary, updates, and highlights from Day 3 of the ISSF Rifle and Pistol World Cup Final at Putian in China.

Elavenil Valarivan wins gold in women's 10m Air Rifle.

Elavenil Valarivan wins gold in women's 10m Air Rifle.   -  ISSF Media

Hello and welcome to the highlights of Day 3 of the ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup Final at Putian in China.


This was Santadeep Dey, bringing you all the action as it unfurled at the Chinese Shooting and Archery Administration Center.

See you again, tomorrow, for the mixed team events. Until then, it is a goodbye from this side. Stay tuned to Sportstar for your daily dose of everything sport!

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • MEN'S 10M AIR RIFLE FINAL

    We will have two series of five shots before we head to the eliminations. The first series is underway and Divyansh will be firing from the 'C' lane.

    Scores:

    1. 10.5

    2. 10.4

    3. 10.7

    4. 10.3

    5. 9.8

      Rank after first series: 4th.
       

    The second series starts.

    Scores:

    1. 10.6

    2. 10.9

    3. 10.5

    4. 10.4

    5. 10.0


    INTO THE ELIMINATION...

    8th Place: Belarus' Illia Charheika - 121.9

    7th Place: Croatia's Miran Maricic - 144.5

    6th Place: Austrian Alexander Schmirl - 165.7

    5th Place:
    China's Yang Haoran - 186.7

    4th Place:
    China's Liu Yukun - 207.3

    ANOTHER MEDAL CONFIRMED FOR INDIA!

    BRONZE: Slovakia's Patrik Jany - 228.4

    THAT WILL BE A TRIPLE! OUT OF THE FOUR FINAL EVENTS TODAY, INDIA WINS THE GOLD IN THREE.

    DIVYANSH SINGH PANWAR (250.1) DOES AN ELAVENIL THERE. SHOOTS 9.8 IN THE PENULTIMATE CHANCE, BUT UTILISES HIS LEAD TO WIN THE CONTEST BY 0.1 POINTS. ISTVAN PENI WINS SILVER (250.0).

 

  • WOMEN'S 10M AIR RIFLE FINAL

    We will have two series of five shots before we head to the eliminations. The first series is underway:

    1. Elavenil starts off with a 10.5, Mehuli 10.6.

    2. Elavenil - 10.7, Mehuli - 10.7

    3. Elavenil - 10.6, Mehuli - 9.5

    4. Elavenil - 10.2, Mehuli - 10.2

    5. Elavenil - 10.5, Mehuli - 10.0


    The second series starts.

    1. Elavenil - 10.5, Mehuli - 10.3

    2. Elavenil - 10.5, Mehuli - 10.0

    3. Elavenil - 10.2, Mehuli - 9.9

    4. Elavenil - 10.8, Mehuli - 10.7

    5. Elavenil - 10.5, Mehuli - 9.6


    At the end of the competition stage, Elavenil stands second with 105.0, while Mehuli stands seventh with 101.5.
     

    INTO THE ELIMINATION...

    8th Place: Korea's Jung Eunhea - 121.3.

    Mehuli in a spot of bother.

    7th Place: China's Zhao Ruozhu - 142.5.

    Mehuli has to overcome a gap of two points now. Very, very difficult!

    6th Place: Mehuli Ghosh - 163.8.

    5th Place:
    Kwon Eunji - 186.4.

    Elavenil
    still going strong at the top.

    4th Place: China's Wang Luyao - 207.2.

    MEDAL CONFIRMED FOR ELAVENIL VALARIVAN!

    BRONZE: Laura-Georgeta Coman - 229.0

    AND THAT WAS SO VERY CLOSE! ELAVENIL VALARIVAN ENDS UP CLINCHING INDIA'S SECOND GOLD OF THE DAY.

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    FOR A MOMENT IT FELT LIKE SHE WOULD LOSE OUT ON THE YELLOW METAL AFTER SHOOTING A 9.4 IN HER PENULTIMATE SHOT, BUT THANKFULLY THE GAP WAS TOO MUCH TO OVERCOME FOR CHINESE TAIPEI'S LIN YING-SHIN. SHE WON BY 0.1 POINTS.


     
  • 10m Air Pistol Men: That's a miss! Abhishek Verma and Saurabh Chaudhary finish 5th and 6th, respectively.

    Wei Pang of China wins gold (243.7), Korea's Park Daehun bags silver (241.7), and Russia's Artem Chernousov settles for bronze (220.6).
     
  • 10m Air Rifle Women: Mehuli Ghosh and Elavenil Valarivan to lead India's charge in the finals. The two markswomen who won the nation its first two quotas have been knocked out.
     
  • 10m Air Rifle Men: Divyansh Singh Panwar qualifies for the finals.
     
  • 10m Air Rifle Men: Panwar finishes with 627.1. Third on the leaderboard.
     
  • 10m Air Rifle Women: Mehuli finishes with 629.3, Anjum 624.9 and Apurvi 622.7.

    Well, well... a shocker... Apurvi and Anjum are all but out of the competition.
     
  • 10m Air Rifle Women: Elavenil scores a whopping 631.1. Surprisingly, Apurvi is at the bottom of the heap scoring 104.0, 104.4, 103.4 and 102.2 in the first four series.
     
  • 10m Air Rifle Men: Panwar keeps up the show with a 104.8 and a 104.7 in the next two series. He is 3rd on the leaderboard, as of now.
     
  • 10m Air Rifle Men: Series 1 - Divyansh Singh Panwar - 105.1 (3rd)
     
  • 10m Air Rifle Women: Series 1 - Mehuli Ghosh - 104.7 (5th), Elavenil Valarivan - 104.5 (9th), Anjum Moudgil - 104.3 (11th).

     
  • WOMEN'S 10M AIR PISTOL FINAL

    We will have two series of five shots before we head to the eliminations. The first series is underway:

    1. Yashaswini starts off with a 9.4, Manu 10.2.

    2. Yashaswini - 10.0, Manu - 9.8

    3. Yashaswini - 10.0, Manu - 10.0

    4. Yashaswini - 9.2, Manu - 9.9

    5. Yashaswini - 9.9, Manu - 10.5

    The second series starts.

    1. Yashaswini - 10.2, Manu - 10.1

    2. Yashaswini - 10.5, Manu - 10.4

    3. Yashaswini - 10.0, Manu - 10.1

    4. Yashaswini - 10.2, Manu - 10.0

    5. Yashaswini - 9.9, Manu - 10.3

    At the end of the competition stage, Manu stands second with 101.3, while Yashaswini stands fifth with 99.2.

    INTO THE ELIMINATION...

    8th Place: Russia's Vitalina Batsarashkina (World No 5) with 118.2 points.

    7th Place: Veronika Major with 138.5 points.

    Yashaswini in a spot of bother now. She has 138.6 points after the second elimination.

    6th Place: Yashaswini with 158.8. Manu maintains the top spot with 163.0

    5th Place:
    Chinese Taipei's Wu Chia Ying with 179.6

    4th Place: Korea's Kim Minjung with 200.9. MEDAL ASSURED FOR INDIA'S MANU BHAKER!

    3rd Place: Bronze for China's Wang Qian. Another good day at the office for the host nation.

    MANU BHAKER HAS BAGGED GOLD WITH A SCORE OF 244.7! INDIA'S FIRST IN THE WORLD CUP FINAL! WHAT'S MORE... THIS IS A JUNIOR WORLD RECORD SCORE AS WELL. She also becomes the second Indian after Heena Sidhu to win the World Cup final in the 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 became the second Indian to finish top in 10m Air Pistol in a World Cup Final after Heena Sidhu in 2013.   -  ISSF



    The silver goes to Serbia's Zorana Arunovic.



     
  • 10m Air Pistol Women: More good news from the centre: Yashaswini Singh Deswal and Manu Bhaker have also made the cut in women's 10m Air Pistol, finishing 7th and 8th, respectively!

    Both the shooters have scored 578.

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  • 10m Air Pistol Men: Abhishek Verma and Saurabh Chaudhary have cleared the 10m Air Pistol Qualification round to make the final! Infact, this will be India's first final event at Putian this year.

    Icing on the cake: Verma has topped Qualification with a score of 588.

    Chaudhary finishes 7th, with 581, after shooting a 93 in the fourth series. We can only hope that the final pans out, way differently...

    However, Shahzar Rizvi has been knocked out. Rank: 12th, Score: 577.

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Indians in action today:

10m Air Pistol Men: Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma, and Shahzar Rizvi

10m Air Pistol Women: Yashaswini Singh Deswal and Manu Bhaker

10m Air Rifle Men: Divyansh Singh Panwar

10m Air Rifle Women: Anjum Moudgil, Apurvi Chandela, Elavenil Valarivan, and Mehuli Ghosh

 

Day 3 schedule:

EventTime (in IST)
10m Air Pistol Men06:30 am - 07:45 am
10m Air Pistol Women06:30 am - 07:45 am
Final 10m Air Pistol Women08:30 am
10m Air Rifle Men09:00 am - 10:15 am
10m Air Rifle Women09:00 am - 10:15 am
Final 10m Air Pistol Men09:50 am
Final 10m Air Rifle Women11:10 am
Final 10m Air Rifle Men12:30 pm

 

Hey guys, a very good morning to all of you! Catch all the highlights from Day 1 here, and Day 2 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.