Junior World C'ship: Anish Bhanwala wins standard pistol gold with world record

The 14-year-old Anish shot 579 to win the gold seven points ahead of Florian Peter of Germany. In the process Anish also bettered the junior world record of 574 set by Denis Koulakov of Russia in Lahti, Finland, in 2002.

The junior Shooting World Cup got under way in Suhl, Germany on Saturday.   -  Getty Images

Anish Bhanwala gave a robust start for the Indian challenge by clinching the 25-metre standard pistol gold with a world junior record in the Junior World Shooting Championship in Suhl, Germany on Saturday.

The 14-year-old Anish shot 579 to win the gold seven points ahead of Florian Peter of Germany. In the process Anish also bettered the junior world record of 574 set by Denis Koulakov of Russia in Lahti, Finland, in 2002.

Interestingly, Anish has pistol prodigy Jaspal Rana as the national coach of the junior squad, who had made his initial impact on the world stage with the standard pistol gold in Milan, Italy, in 1994. Jaspal went on to win the Asian Games gold in centre fire pistol the same year in Hiroshima.

In the team competition, India lost the gold by seven points to China, which had three shooters almost on equal performance. The Indian fare ranged from 579 by Anish to 547 by Sambhaji Patil, with Anhad Jawanda shooting 561, and that resulted in the gold slip.

The 50-metre rifle prone shooters in both men and women’s events could not make much of an impression, as none of them could reach the top-20.

The results:
  • Junior men:
  • 25m standard pistol: 1. Anish Bhanwala 579 (WRJ); 2. Florian Peter (Ger) 572; 3. Pavlo Korostylov (Ukr) 570; 10. Anhad Jawanda 561; 23. Sambhaji Patil 547.
  • Team: 1. China 1694; 2. India 1687; 3. France 1678.
  • 50m rifle prone: 1. Cristian Friman (Fin) 246.4(10.4) 620.7; 2. Dragomir Iordache (Rou) 246.4(9.8) 619.6; 3. Liu Yukun (Chn) 225.5 (621.2); 23. Fateh Singh Dhillon 617.3; 29. Subhankar Pramanick 615.9; 66. Syed Araib Parvez 606.0.
  • Team: 1. Austria 1865.6 (WRJ); 2. Norway 1858.0; 3. Russia 1855.8; 14. India 1839.2.
  • Junior women:
  • 50m rifle prone: 1. Katerina Kolarikova (Cze) 624.9 (WRJ); 2. Anastasiia Galashina (Rus) 621.6; 3. Jeanette Hegg Duestad (Nor) 620.6; 21. Shirin Godara 615.9; 41. Prasiddhi Mahant 609.8; 57. Ayushi Podder 605.4.
  • Team: 1. Norway 1859.7 (WRJ), 2. US 1852.3; 3. China 1848.0; 16. India 1831.1.