Coach Deepak Dubey with air rifle team of Tilottama Sen, Nancy and Ramita Jindal, that outclassed China 16-2 for gold in World Championship.
The strong performance increases India’s medal total in the shooting world championships in Cairo.
At the shooting World Championship in Cairo, Egypt, on Tuesday, Indian juniors increased their gold medal total to eight by winning three gold medals in the air rifle and air pistol team events.
With eight gold, three silver, and seven bronze medals, India came in second place to China, who won 18 gold, 11 silver, and 7 bronze.
In the junior men’s and women’s air rifle competitions, the Indian teams dominated, defeating China 17-11 and 16-2, respectively.
Sri Karthik Sabari Raj, Divyansh Singh Panwar, and Vidit Jain, a junior men’s team, took the lead at every turn, while Tilottama Sen, Nancy, and Ramita Jindal dominated the women’s competition the entire way through.
Shikha Narwal, Esha Singh, and Varsha Singh, a junior women’s team, defeated China 16-6 to win the air pistol gold after the latter had been just slightly ahead in the second stage of qualification.
In the junior men’s team rapid fire pistol competition, Sameer Ghulia, Udhayveer Sidhu, and Adarsh Singh defeated Italy 16-2 to win a bronze medal. The gold and silver medals went to China and Korea, respectively.
Arjun Singh Cheema fired 557 in the 50-meter free pistol but fell short of the bronze medal by three points. Omkar Singh finished in 14th place with a 550.
Swapnil Kusale (621.4), Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar (619.8), and Niraj Kumar (614.7) placed 32nd, 38th, and 65th, respectively, in the 50-meter rifle prone event.
In the junior mixed team rapid fire category, the Indian teams had qualified for both the gold and bronze medal matches.
The results: Air rifle junior men’s team: 1. India (Sri Karthik Sabari Raj, Divyansh Singh Panwar, Vidit Jain) 17 (626.8) 937.9; 2. China 11 (625.8) 937.4; 3. USA 17 (620.2) 933.1; 4. Austria 7 (618.4) 927.7.
Air rifle junior women’s team: 1. India (Tilottama Sen, Nancy, Ramita Jindal) 16 (627.6) 941.5; 2. China 2 (626.2) 939.8; 3. Finland 17 (624.9) 931.6; 4. Norway 9 (625.4) 935.8.
Air pistol junior women’s team: 1. India (Shikha Narwal, Esha Singh, Varsha Singh) 16 (576) 855; 2. China 6 (578) 855; 3. Korea 16 (569) 836; 4. USA 4 (566) 850.
Rapid fire pistol junior men’s team: 1. China 17 (576) 880; 2. Korea 15 (570) 873; 3. India (Sameer Gulia, Udhayveer Sidhu, Adarsh Singh) 16 (562) 877; 4. Italy (Michello Palella, Matteo Mashovalerio, Luca Arrighi) 2 (540) 850.