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Rahi wins gold

New Delhi: Rahi Sarnobat scripted history on Friday by becoming the first Indian pistol shooter to clinch a gold medal in the ISSF World Cup when she pipped local hope Kyeongae Kim 8-6 in the final of the 25m sports pistol event in Changwon, Korea.

Rahi joined the elite club of rifle shooters — Anjali Bhagwat, Gagan Narang, Sanjeev Rajput, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Ronjan Sodhi and Manavjit Singh Sandhu — who have won gold medals in the ISSF World Cups for India.

“It is a dream come true for me. I had been working hard with coach Anatoli Puddubny for the last few months at the Gun for Glory Academy and I am thankful to Lakshya and Vascon for the support they are providing me in this respect,” said Rahi, who had earlier won a bronze medal in the 2011 ISSF World Cup in USA.

The Indian markswoman, who had qualified for the semi-final stage in fourth position with a total score of 585, sealed her final berth as the second best semi-finalist with 15 points.

Kim topped the standings with 16 after the five series.

According to the new competition rules, top eight players from the preliminaries qualify for the semi-finals where points are given according to the number of inner 10s scored by a shooter in each series of five shots.