Yashaswini Singh Deswal wins gold in Junior World Championship

Youth Olympics finalist Yashaswini Singh Deswal asserted her class by winning the air pistol gold by equalling the world record in the Junior World Shooting Championship in Suhl, Germany.

Yashaswini Singh Deswal (centre) on the podium with silver medallist Kim Woori of Korea and bronze medal winner Giulia Campostrini of Italy.   -  ISSF

Youth Olympics finalist Yashaswini Singh Deswal asserted her class by winning the air pistol gold by equalling the world record in the Junior World Shooting Championship in Suhl, Germany.

The 20-year-old Yashaswini qualified on top with a score of 585, and equalled the world record of 235.9 in the 24-shot final to beat Kim Woori of Korea by 4.1 points for the gold.

Yashaswini had finished sixth in the Youth Olympics in Nanjing in 2014. She had given a hint of her bright form this season when she shot 381 in the World Cup in Munich. She had shot a career-best 387 and missed a medal in the Asian championship in Delhi in 2015. She had won a Junior World Cup silver in Suhl last year.

It was the second gold for the Indian team, following the 25-metre standard pistol gold in the junior men’s event on the opening day by Anish Bhanwala.

In the 25-metre rapid fire pistol, Anish (573) missed the final by two points, but clinched the team bronze with Anhad Jawanda (570) and Shivam Shukla (568), finishing three points ahead of Czech Republic behind, Ukraine and China.

The results:

Junior men: 25m rapid fire pistol: 1. Pavlo Korostylov (Ukr) 26 (581); 2. Jang Ji Won (PRK) 25 (575); 3. Cheng Zhipeng (Chn) 22 (581); 8. Anish Bhanwala 573; 12. Anhad Jawanda 570; 14. Shivam Shukla 568.

Team: 1. Ukraine 1722 (WRJ); 2. China 1721; 3. India 1711. 50m free pistol: 1. Wang Zhehao (Chn) 232.6 (WRJ) 548; 2. Anton Aristarkhov (Rus) 229.7 (549); 3. Alexander Petrov (Rus) 206.2 (563); 12. Arjun Singh Cheema 543; 20. Anmol 539; 42. Jatin Singh Rathore 521.

Team: 1. Russia 1653; 2. Germany 1629; 3. Korea 1624; 9. India 1603.

Junior women: 10m air pistol: 1. Yashaswini Singh Deswal 235.9 (EWRJ) 385; 2. Kim Woori (Kor) 231.8 (378); 3. Giulia Campostrini (Ita) 212.1 (378); 85. Sweta Devi 361; 89. Mahima Turhi Agrawal 359.

Team: 1. Hungary 1128 (280); 2. US 1128 (278); 3. Korea 1126; 15. India 1105.