Gurpreet Singh bags silver in standard pistol shoot, juniors bag 2 golds

Gurpreet Singh clinched a silver medal in the senior men's standard pistol event but it was India's junior shooters who continued to hold centre-stage, winning two gold medals in the ISSF World Championships here on Friday. 

By TT Bureau in Changwon
  • Published 14.09.18
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Gurpreet Singh. Source: ISSF site

Changwon, Sept. 14 (PTI): Gurpreet Singh clinched a silver medal in the senior men's standard pistol event but it was India's junior shooters who continued to hold centre-stage, winning two gold medals in the ISSF World Championships here on Friday. 

Vijayveer Sidhu, 16, won a gold in the 25m standard pistol event for junior men after combining with Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu and Adarsh Singh to claim the team gold on the last day of the prestigious International Shooting Sport Federation competition.

India were placed third in the medals tally with 11 gold, nine silver and seven bronze medals with a total of 27, making this their best performance in the competition.

Sidhu, who finished fourth in the 25m pistol on Thursday, managed an individual score of 572 to finish ahead of Korean Lee Gunheyok (570) and China's Haojie Zhu 565).

In the team competition, Sidhu, Sandhu (564) and Singh (559) totalled 1695 to fetch the top honours with Korea (1693) and Czech Republic (1674) settling for the silver and the bronze medals respectively.

Singh managed a fourth-place finish in the individual competition.

In the senior competition, Gurpreet Singh ensured that the contingent finished on a positive note with his silver.

The former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist fired a score of 579 to finish second behind Ukraine's Pavlo Korostylov, who shot a score of 581. The bronze medal went to Kim Junhong from Korea, who shot the same score as the Indian but had lower inner-10s to his credit.

India ended fourth in the team event with Gurpreet, Amanpreet Singh (560) and London Olympics silver-medallist Vijay Kumar (560) combining for a score of 1699.

India's junior women's skeet team finished fourth with the trio of Simranpreet Kaur, Parinaaz Dhaliwal and Areeba Khan totalling 318. None of them managed to qualify for the individual finals.

Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela secured places for themselves in the Olympics by winning a silver and finishing fourth respectively in the women's 10m air rifle event.

Though the two shooters have secured quotas, as per policy, the National Rifle Association of India will take the final call on selection, based on the aggregate scores of shooters (in international tournaments and selection trials) leading up to the Olympic Games.

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