ISSF World Cup: Mehuli Ghosh, Tushar Mane add to gold tally
Mehuli Ghosh and Shahu Tushar Mane earned the second gold medal for India at the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup stage in Changwon, South Korea, beating Hungary’s Eszter Meszaros and Istvan Peni 17-13 in a hard-fought 10m air rifle mixed team gold medal match.
It was a profitable day for India at the Changwon International Shooting range, as the men’s trap team also won a silver, while Shiva Narwal and Palak blitzed Kazakhstan 16-0 to claim bronze in the 10m air pistol mixed team event. India thus cemented joint second place on the medals tally with a total haul of two gold, one silver and one bronze medal.
Arjun Babuta had won India’s first gold on day three in the 10m men’s air rifle competition. Serbia leads the tally with three gold while China shares second place with India with the exact same medal haul. Both India’s gold medals have come in Olympic events. Shooting early on Wednesday morning, Mehuli and Shahu had to ward off a late surge by the Hungarians.
The pair shot consistently high scores to open up an 11-7 lead. However, Eszter and Istvan fought back admirably to tie the match at 13-13 before Mehuli and Shahu dug deep to take the next two single-shot series and strike gold. The Men’s Trap team of Prithviraj Tondaiman, Vivaan Kapoor and Bhowneesh Mendiratta won silver, going down 2-6 to Slovakia in the gold medal match.
In what was the day’s most sensational performance, youngsters and India debutants Shiva Narwal and Palak, stunned the crowd as they blanked Kazakhstan’s Irina Loktionova and Vladimir Rakhimzhan 16-0 in a bronze medal encounter. The Kazakhs could not fend off the two young Indians.