Malaika, Yashaswini, Harshada win silver in Shooting Hopes

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Malaika Goel stumbled to the sixth place in junior women’s air pistol, after having shot an impressive 384 in qualification, in the 26th Meeting of Shooting Hopes international competition in Plzen, Czech Republic, on Sunday.

Malaika Goel in partnership with Youth Olympics finalist Yashaswini Deswal and Harshada NIthave, clinched the team silver for India   -  PTI

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Malaika Goel stumbled to the sixth place in junior women’s air pistol, after having shot an impressive 384 in qualification, in the 26th Meeting of Shooting Hopes international competition in Plzen, Czech Republic, on Sunday.

However, Malaika in partnership with Youth Olympics finalist Yashaswini Deswal and Harshada NIthave, clinched the team silver for India. Together with junior men’s bronze in sports pistol, the Indian tally reached a gold, four silver and six bronze medals in the prestigious meet that gauges future champions.

A string of 8s saw the three Indian girls, Malaika, Yashaswini and Harshada finish sixth to eighth in that order in the air pistol final.

Hopes of further medals were dashed as Dilreen Gill (578), Aditi Singh (577) and Gaayathri Nithyanandam (575) failed to make the final in junior women’s rifle 3-position event. The trio of Aditi, Gaayathri and Sonika fell short of a team medal by 18 points.

The results: Junior men: 25m sports pistol: 1. Oskar Miliwek (Pol) 583; 2. Nicolas Thiel (Fra) 577; 3. Marvin Fluckiger (Sui) 576; 8. Gurmeet Singh 572; 10. Arjun Das 570; 11. Rushiraj Atul Barot 570; 12. Anhad Jawanda 570; 18. Aadeithyaa Joahal 563; 32. Thomas George 552.

Team: 1. France 1718; 2. Poland 1717; 3. India 1712; 6. India-B 1685.

Junior women: 10m air pistol: 1. Margarita Lomova (Rus) 198.7 (381); 2. Agata Nowak (Pol) 196.9 (377); 3. Daria Lopatina 174.0 (381); 6. Malaika Goel 115.5 (384); 7. Yashaswini Deswal 95.7 (377); 8. Harshada NIthave 75.1 (379); 21. Gauri Sheoran 371; 41. Tanya Pranavbhai Mozaria 357.

Team: 1. Russia 1150; 2. India 1140; 3. France 1109.

50m rifle 3-position: 1. Milica Babic (Srb) 459.4 (582); 2. Emilie Wintenberger (Fra) 456.2 (582); 3. Virginia Thrasher (US) 443.0 (586); 9. Dilreen Gill 578; 12. Aditi Singh 577; 19. Gaayathri Nithyanandam 575; 42. Zenab Hussain Bandookwala 569; 55. Sonika 564.

Team: 1. US 1738; 2. Serbia 1734(287); 3. France 1734(281); 7. India 1716.