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CAIRO: India clinched three more golds and two bronzes, including a double gold by Udhayver Sidhuto consolidate their second position in the ISSF World Championship here Saturday.
Udhayveer won the junior men’s 25m and standard pistol titles while Esha Singh clinched the junior women’s 25m pistol crown as India finished the day with four golds and three bronzes behind China which has eight gold medals and a total of 16 medals.
India also clinched a quota spot for the Paris 2024 Olympics after Rudrankksh Balasaheb Patil upset a high quality field on Friday to become the men’s 10 air rifle world champion.
Udhayveer fired a combined score of 580 after precision and rapid fire rounds in the junior men’s sport pistol, to emerge ahead of the 23-man field.
Italy’s Matteo Mastrovalerio was a point behind in second while China’s Liu Yangpan won bronze with 577. In standard pistol he shot 568 over three stages to leave Yangpan, who this time settled for silver with 567.
India’s Sameer also shot 567 but had to settle for bronze on the countdown.
After finishing her qualifying round in fourth place with a score of 581, Esha finished second in her ladder match to advance to the final medal round. In the eight series of five quick shots in each final, Esha fired five then four shots of four shots each, to come out the most consistent and seal the gold medal.
She eventually had 29 hits in the medal game to defeat China’s Feng Sixuan who finished with 25. Miriam Jako of Hungary won the bronze. After two silver medals at the World Junior Championships in Lima last year, this was his first world junior crown.
The second bronze medal of the day for India came from Tejaswini in the junior women’s 25m standard pistol after shooting 557 to finish behind the Chinese athletes. Manvi Jain finished fifth with 556 and Payal Khatri eighth with 547.
In the two Paris events of the day, the Indian Shiva Narwal finished eighth in the men’s 10m air pistol. He shot 583 to qualify in sixth place for the ladder match, but couldn’t make much progress afterwards and was among the first to be eliminated with a score of 147.6.
Naveen was unlucky to miss out on a top-eight finish after finishing in ninth place with 582. Two other shooters qualified by the same score, but Naveen lost on under 10s. Vijayveer Sidhu shot 579 to finish 19th overall.
India also missed the women’s 10m air pistol when Rhythm Sangwan finished 17th in qualifying with a score of 576. The final qualifying spot went to 580. Yuvika Tomar shot 574 to finish 25th while Palak was further with 568 and in 50th position.
In other results, India’s Sartaj Tiwana finished eighth in the junior men’s 50m rifle 3 position event with a score of 297.7 in the ladder match. He qualified seventh on Friday with a score of 580.
In the Junior Women’s 3P, none of the three Indian competitors made it past the qualifying stage, with Nishchal finishing better at 29th and Nikita Kundu a notch lower at 30th. Both shooting scores of 576. Nupur Kumrawat was 51st with 566.



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