Saurabh Chaudhary wins junior air pistol gold in Plzen

Saurabh Chaudhary outclassed Aleksandr Kondrashin of Russia by 5.4 points to clinch the junior men’s air pistol gold in the 28th Meeting of Shooting Hopes International championship.

Saurabh topped qualification with 578, five points less than his best score in the international arena.   -  Special Arrangement

Saurabh Chaudhary outclassed Aleksandr Kondrashin of Russia by 5.4 points to clinch the junior men’s air pistol gold in the 28th Meeting of Shooting Hopes International championship in Plzen, Czech Republic, on Saturday.

Saurabh who had won the Junior World Cup in Suhl earlier, had topped qualification with 578, five points less than his best score in the international arena.

Earlier, Elavenil Valarivan beat Nicole Gabrielli of Italy by 1.1 point to clinch the junior women’s air rifle gold, after having topped qualification with 628.0.

The Indian junior men swept the three medals in the 25-metre sports pistol, with Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu winning the gold with 586, one point ahead of Vijayveer Sidhu.

The results:

Junior men:

10m air pistol: 1. Saurabh Chaudhary 245.4 (578); 2. Aleksandr Kondrashin (Rus) 240.0 (575); 3. Anton Arisarkhov (Rus) 219.1 (574); 4. Arjun Singh Cheema 195.7 (574); 5. Anmol Jain 176.6 (575); 6. Anhad Jawanda 157.4 (577); 9. Gaurav Rana 571; 13. Udhayveer Sidhu 569; 44. Abhishek Arya 557.

25m sports pistol: 1. Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu 586; 2. Vijayveer Sidhu 585; 3. Udhayveer Sidhu 582; 6. Anhad Jawanda 579; 7. Anish Bhanwala 578; 12. Adarsh Singh 574.

50m rifle 3-position: 1. Filip Nepejchal (Cze) 457.2 (1169); 2. Zaltan Pekler (Hun) 455.7 (1169); 3. Dragomir Matei Iordache (Rou) 444.9 (1165); 4. Aishwarya Tomar 433.0 (1173); 26. Sam George Sajan Ramesh 1150; 30. Fateh Singh Dhillon 1148; 45. Harshit Binjwa 1134.

Junior women:

10m air rifle: 1. Elavenil Valarivan 250.8 (628.0); 2. Nicole Gabrielli (Ita) 249.7 (627.3); 3. Aleksandra Szutko (Pol) 228.2 (623.6); 4. Shreya Agrawal 206.8 (624.8); 13. Manini Kaushik 621.8; 46. Zeena Khitta 616.8.

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