Golden trio Manu, Elavenil, Divyansh claim top honours

Manu wins India’s first medal with gold in 10m air pistol
Manu shot 244.7 to win gold medal at World Cup Finals
Yashaswini Deswal finished 6th in the final round

Putian: India’s young shooters touched another sensational high with Manu Bhaker, Elavenil Valarivan and Divyansh Panwar clinching gold medals in their respective events to give the country its best ever single-day show in the ISSF World Cup Finals here on Thursday.

The 17-year-old Bhaker fired her way to the gold with a junior world record in the women’s 10m air pistol event, while the 20-year-old Elavenil claimed the top honours in the women’s 10m air rifle competition. Later, another teen sensation Divyansh, who is all of 17, finished on top in the men’s 10 air rifle competition with a final score of 250.1.

India are currently top of the table with 3 gold medals, followed by China (2 gold, 1 silver, one bronze). Bhaker shot 244.7 to notch up the top prize in the prestigious season-ending tournament of International Shooting Sport Federation.

In the same event Manu’s compatriot, Yashaswini Singh Deswal, finished sixth in the final. Serbia’s Zorana Arunovic won the silver with 241.9, while Quian Wang of China bagged the bronze with 221.8. Elavenil shot a score of 250.8 to edge past Taiwan’s Lin Ying-Shin (250.7). Romania’s Laura-Georgeta Coman finished third with a score of 229.

In the men’s 10m air pistol final, both Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma bowed out in the final. The Indian duo had won all four World Cup gold medals this year, but were eliminated in sixth and fifth position respectively in the final. Earlier, Verma topped the qualifications with 588 while Chaudhary was seventh with 581.