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ISSF World Cup: Saurabh Chaudhary and Rahi Sarnobat win gold medals

17-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary smashed his own record to win 10m Air Pistol Gold, while Rahi Sarnobat added a third gold to India's tally.

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New Delhi Updated on: May 27, 2019 21:58 IST
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The 17-year-old also won the gold medal in the Asian Games last year.

Saurabh Chaudhary on Monday won the gold medal in the 10 metre Air Pistol category at the ISSF World Cup in Munich. Rahi Sarnobat added a third gold medal in the World Cup tally, as the Indian shooter secured top podium in women's 25m air pistol.

Sarnobat has booked a spot in the Tokyo Olympics by the virtue of this gold medal. The Olympics will take place next year.

In the women's final, another Indian in the fray, Manu Bhaker had a better start than Rahi, having five out of five hits in the first of 10 series of five shots each.

Rahi started with three hits. After the sixth series, Manu, Rahi and Olena Kostevych of Ukraine were jointly tied at the top with a score of 21.

Manu had an unfortunate double weapon malfunction in the seventh series and that was followed by shock elimination in the fifth place.

Rahi, however, kept getting stronger, scoring perfect 5s in the 8th and 9th series to finish with 37 points.

Olena bagged silver with 36 and Bulgarian Antoaneta Boneva won the second available quota place by winning the bronze with a score of 26.

Both Rahi and Manu had shot solid rapid-fire rounds in the two-day qualifying round. Rahi shot 292 to follow-up on her Sunday's precision round score of 294 for a total of 586, which saw her qualify for the six-woman final in fourth place.

Manu did even better, shooting a round of 296 for a total of 585, placing her fifth in the 105-strong field. Chinki Yadav shot 571 to end 56th.

The 17-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary shattered the junior and senior world record en-route his second gold medal at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup.

Chaudhary broke his own senior record of 245 points and scored 246.3 to walk away with the top honours.

The youngster, along with Manu Bhaker, earlier won the gold medal for India in the mixed team event in 10m Air Pistol. This was the pair's second consecutive gold medal in the World Cup after they clinched the top spot in the podium in the New Delhi event.

Saurabh Chaudhary is one of the finest shooters currently in business in the Indian shooting circuit, having proved his mettle earlier at big tournaments.

Earlier this year, Chaudhary won the gold medal at the World Cup held in New Delhi. He also bagged the gold medal at 2018 Asian Games.

India now top the Munich World Cup medals tally with three gold. China are second with one gold, one silver and three bronze medals.

(with inputs from PTI)

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