Rizvi’s silver opens India’s account at ISSF World Cup

Shahzar Rizvi won silver with a score of 239.8, falling short of gold medal by 0.2 points.

Shahzar Rizvi (middle) and Jitu Rai (right).   -  Nicolo Zangirolami

Shahzar Rizvi fought brilliantly to bridge the gap but settled for the silver -  India’s first medal at the ongoing ISSF World Cup - 0.2 points behind Artem Chernolisov of Russia, in the men’s air pistol at the shooting World Cup in Changwon, Korea, on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old trailed by 4.3 points but caught up on the last six shots. Shahzar, who swept the air pistol gold at the shooting World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico in March this year, had missed this month's Commonwealth Games.

In the men’s trap event, former World Champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu slipped to the 24th spot with a total of 117, missing the final by four points.

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Despite a 73 out of 75 putting him in a good position, Manavjit shot a 21 which pulled him out of the race for the final. And a 23 in the last round couldn't salvage his position.

Mauro De Filippis of Italy overtook the qualification topper Jiri Liptak of the Czech Republic for the gold.

At the halfway stage in rapid fire pistol, Neeraj Kumar and Anish Bhanwala shot 286 out of 300, ten points behind the leader, as they were below their best in the 4-second series.

The results:

Men: 10m air pistol: 1. Artem Chernolisov (Rus) 240.0 (584); 2. Shahzar Rizvi 239.8 (582); 3. Samuil Donkov (Bul) 217.1 (586); 11. Om Prakash Mitharval 581; 38. Jitu Rai 575. MQS: Tinjit Dhanota 575.

Trap: 1. Mauro De Filippis (Ita) 45 (122)1; 2. Jiri Liptak (Cze) 42 (123); 3. Yavuz Ilnam (Tur) 34 (122)3; 24. Manavjit Singh Sandhu 117; 36. Kynan Chenai 115; 41. Zoravar Singh Sandhu 114. MQS: Mohammad Asad Sultan 110; Amit Gupta 103.

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