Indian shooters bagged an impressive four-medal haul, including one gold, two silver, and one bronze, at the ISSF World Cup 2023 in Baku, Azerbaijan, finishing second in the total number of medals won.
May 30, 2023
Indian shooters ended their campaign at the ISSF World Cup 2023 in Baku, Azerbaijan with an impressive four-medal haul. Indian shooters claimed one gold, two silver, and one bronze medal to finish second in the total number of medals won, behind China.
The highlight of India's medal haul was Sarabjot Singh and Divya TS gold medal in the 10m air pistol mixed team event. The duo defeated World champions Zorana Arunovic and Damir Mikec of Serbia 16-14 to finish at the top spot.
Hriday Hazarika won a silver medal in the men's 10m air rifle event, while Nancy Mandhotra won a silver medal in the women's 10m air rifle event. Rhythm Sangwan, who set a new world record of 595 points in the qualification round of the women's 25m pistol event, bagged the only bronze medal for India in the women's 10m air pistol event.
Despite 19-year-old Rhythm Sangwan creating a new world record after 29 years, the event was a mixed bag for the Indian shooters as other competitors failed to progress beyond the qualifying rounds. Vijayveer Yadav came fourth with a score of 580, while Anish finished fifth with 579. Ankur Goel ranked 45th with a score of 566. Arpit Goel and Adarsh Singh participated in the men's 25m rapid-fire pistol event to earn ranking points.
The Baku meet was the second last stage of the ISSF World Cup for rifle and pistol shooters. The final stage is set to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, before the ISSF World Championships in November at Doha.