Vijayveer, Udhayveer lead in junior men’s sports pistol

India does have the lead for the team championship, but Rajkanwar may have to fare better to ensure that India stays ahead of US and China.

Gurpreet Singh shot an identical 288 at the end of the precision series.   -  K Murali Kumar

Twins Vijayveer Sidhu and Udhayveer Sidhu led with 291 out of 300 at the end of the precision stage in the junior men’s sports pistol in the 52nd World Shooting Championship in Changwon, Korea, on Wednesday.

While Vijayveer had an identical 97 in the three series, Udhayveer had 96, 98 and 97, as the two 16-year-old led by two points ahead of Ernests Erbs of Latvia.

The third Indian shooter in the fray Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu was on 279. India does have the lead for the team championship, but Rajkanwar may have to fare better to ensure that India stays ahead of US and China.

In men’s centre fire pistol, Olympian Gurpreet Singh shot an identical 288 at the end of the precision series, seven points away from the leader Julio Almeida of Brazil.

The third Indian in the team, Anish Bhanwala was in the 34th place with 283.

The rapid fire section will be shot on Thursday, and a better from the Indian shooters can at least power the team to a medal.

Meanwhile, World Cup silver medallist in 50-metre rifle 3-position event Lajja Gauswami, did well to be placed 12th in the 300-metre three-position event.

The results:

Men:

300m standard rifle: 1. Aleksi Leppa (Fin) 580; 2. Karl Olssson (Swe) 576; 3. Odd Arne Brekne (Nor) 576; 23. Amit Kumar 560; 28. Parul Kumar 553; 34. Akash Kumar Ravidas 529.

Team: 1. Norway 1722; 2. Korea 1711; 3. Switzerland 1708; 8. India 1642.

Women:

300m rifle 3-position: 1. Lisa Mueller (Ger) 1161 WR (37x); 2. Jolyn Beer (Ger) 1161 WR (33x); 3. Elin Ahlin (Swe) 1159; 12. Lajja Gauswami 1141; 29. Ranjana Gupta 1094.

Team:  1. Germany 3469 WR; 2. Austria 3436; 3. Switzerland 3429.