Meeting of Shooting Hopes: Jawanda bags gold, bronze for Yashaswini

Anahad Jawanda had 289 in the precision stage and 295 in the rapid fire section, as he beat Oskar Miliwek of Poland by two points.

Anahad Jawanda clinched gold in the Meeting of Shooting Hopes international junior competition.   -  Special Arrangement

Anahad Jawanda clinched the 25-metre sports pistol gold with a score of 584 in the 27th Meeting of Shooting Hopes international junior competition which concluded in Plzen, Czech Republic, on Sunday.

Jawanda had 289 in the precision stage and 295 in the rapid fire section, as he beat Oskar Miliwek of Poland by two points, in the non-Olympic event that does not feature a final.

It was the first individual gold medal for India in the four-day competition. Arjun Babuta and Anmol Jain had won the silver medals on the penultimate day, in air rifle and free pistol respectively.

With Yashaswini Singh Deswal bagging the bronze in junior women air pistol, and missing a better medal by 0.6 point, India wound up the competition in a healthy fashion, stressing its reserve force for the future.

Yashaswini shot 379, the second best score in qualification, and followed that with 218 in the final.

Even though she did not have a good foundation with her first 12 shots before elimination in the 24-shot final, Yashaswini fought bravely to stay in the race, till shots of 8.6 and 9.6 saw her tumble out with the bronze, even as Veronika Major of Hungary and Denisa Bezdecna of the Czech Republic accelerated to the gold and silver respectively.

The results:

Junior men:

25m sports pistol: 1. Anhad Jawanda 584; 2. Oskar Miliwek (Pol) 582; 3. Jackson Leverett (US) 579; 9. Anish 575; 18. Shivam Shukla 571; 22. Thomas George 570; 23. Adarsh Singh 569; 31. Aadeithyaa Joahal 563.

Junior women:

10m air pistol: 1. Veronika Major (Hun) 239.9 (380); 2. Denisa Bezdeca (Cze) 237.0 (380); 3. Yashaswini Singh Deswal 218.0 (379); 10. Mahima Turhi Agrawal 375; 14. Anushka Ravindra Patil 374; 40. Sweta Devi 367.

50m rifle 3-position: 1. Sara Karasova (Cze) 454.7 (582); 2. Virginia Thrasher (US) 451.1 (581); 3. Tatiana Kharkova (Rus) 441.3 (580); 34. Seira Joe Maria 571; 61. Yashika Vishwajeet Shinde 566; 66. Prasiddhi Mahant 566; 80. Shreya Saksena 562.