Saurabh Chaudhary becomes junior world champion

Saurabh Chaudhary shot a junior world record 245.5 to win the junior men’s gold in air pistol in the 52nd World Shooting Championship in Korea on Thursday.

Saurabh Chaudhary (middle) with the World Championship junior gold in Korea on Thursday. He is flanked by silver medallist Kim Hojin (left) of Korea and compatriot Arjun Singh Cheema.   -  ISSF

Saurabh Chaudhary shot a junior world record 245.5 to win the junior men’s gold in air pistol in the 52nd World Shooting Championship in Korea on Thursday.

The Asian Games gold medallist, the 16-year-old Saurabh, who had to be fielded in the junior team as the national federation juggled with plenty of talent on hand in the event, helped the team win the silver, two points behind Korea. Arjun Singh Cheema, the free pistol champion, added the air pistol individual bronze to his collection.

However, what was startling was that the men’s air pistol team fared below par, as the Asian Games bronze medallist Abhishek Verma alone made the final  and ended up eighth, while Om Prakash Mitharval (579) and Shahzar Rizvi (576) finished 18th and 30th, respectively. The trio did win the team silver, but that was no consolation as there were four Olympic quota places on offer.

In junior men’s trap, Ali Aman Elahi did very well to qualify for the final, by pulling through a shoot-off, after five had tied for the last three spots on 118, but had a harrowing time in the single-barrel final. After having missed only seven of the 125 birds in qualification spread over five rounds, he endured the agony of missing 14 of the first 18 birds in the final.

Once again, the team of Ali Aman Ellahi, Vivaan Kapoor and Manavaditya Singh Rathore pulled together nicely for the team silver. In fact, the gold was lost on the count-back to Australia, after the teams were tied on 348.

India was third on the medals table with four gold, six silver and four bronze, behind Korea and Russia. In the men’s rifle 3-position event, Swapnil Kusale (1172), Akhil Sheoran (1166) and Sanjeev Rajput (1165) made the cut for the competition from the elimination stage.

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The results:

Men:

10m air pistol: 1. Jin Jongoh (Kor) 241.5 (10.3) 582; 2. Artem Chernousov (Rus) 241.5 (9.5) 587; 3. Lee Daemyung (Kor) 220.6 (584); n4. Pavlo Korostylov (Ukr) 198.5 (582); 8. Abhishek Verma 118.0 (583); 18. Om Prakash Mitharval 579; 30. Shahzar Rizvi 576.

Team: 1. Korea 1747; 2. India 1738; 3. Russia 1736.

Women:

Trap: 1. Zuzana Rehad Stefecekova (Svk) 45(3) 117(2); 2. Wang Xiaojing (Chn) 45(2) 117(1); 3. Silvana Stanco (Ita) 36 (119)3; 34. Shreyasi Singh 110; 41. Seema Tomar 108; 42. Varsha Varman 107.

Team: 1. Italy 343 WR; 2. Spain 342; 3. US 339; 8. India 325.

Junior men:

10m air pistol: 1. Saurabh Chaudhary 245.5 WRJ (581); 2. Lim Hojin (Kor) 243.1 (583); 3. Arjun Singh Cheema 218.0 (577); 6. Arjun Singh Cheema 577; 10. Anmol Jain 572.

Team: 1. Korea 1732 WRJ; 2. India 1730; 3. Russia 1711.

Trap: 1 Nathan Steven Argiro (Aus) 42 (119); 2. Logan Joseph Lucas (US) 41 (120)9; 3. Lorenzo Ferrari (Ita) 31 (118)5; 6. Ali Aman Elahi 10 (118)1; 9. Vivaan Kapoor 117; 17. Manavaditya Singh Rathore 113.

Team: 1. Australia 348; 2. India 348; 3. Italy 346.