President's Cup Shooting Championship: Bhaker and Foroughi win air pistol mixed team gold

Manu Bhaker and Javad Foroughi won the mixed air pistol gold in the President’s Cup shooting championship in Wroclaw, Poland.

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FILE PHOTO: India's Manu Bhaker (in pic) and Iran's reigning Olympic champion Javad Foroughi won the 10m air pistol mixed team gold at the inaugural ISSF President's Cup.   -  Getty Images

Manu Bhaker in partnership with Olympic champion Javad Foroughi of Iran won the mixed air pistol gold in the President’s Cup shooting championship in Wroclaw, Poland.

The Indo-Iranian team beat Mathilde Lamolle of France and Artem Chernousov of Russia 16-8 in the match for the gold.

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“The other team got off to a great start in the gold match, but Manu and Javad pulled ahead and went full steam for a solid win,” said coach Samaresh Jung. Earlier, Manu and Javad had pipped Anna Korakaki of Greece and Damir Mikec of Serbia in the shoot-off after the two teams had tied on 31 in the semifinals.

The French-Russian combination had topped the other semifinals.

Three other Indians in the fray, Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma and Yashaswini Singh Deswal with different partners could not win the medals. In the individual women’s air pistol, Manu Bhaker topped qualification with 585, two points ahead of Anna Korakaki.

In men’s air pistol, Saurabh Chaudhary (581) and Abhishek Verma (580) qualified in the third and fourth spots behind Christian Reitz (586) and Javad Foroughi (584).

The results

10m air pistol mixed team: 1. Manu Bhaker & Javad Foroughi (Iri) 16 (31) 582; 2. Mathilde Lamolle (Fra) & Artem Chernousov (Rus) 8 (34) 577; 3. Anna Korakaki (Gre) & Damir Mikec (Srb) 31 (583); 3. Celine Goberville (Fra) & Christian Reitz (Ger) 25 (582); 6. Olena Kostevych (Ukr) & Abhishek Verma 19 (576); 7. Heidi Diethelm Gerber (Sui) & Sautabh Chaudhary 10 (573); 10. Yashaswini Singh Deswal & Juraj Tuzinsky (Svk) 572.

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