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New Delhi, 28 January 2024
Indian Olympian Divyansh Singh Panwar won the gold medal in the men's event with a world record score in the final, while Sonam Uttam Masker, competing in her first International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup, won the women's 10m air rifle event. Won silver medal. The Egypt International Olympic City Shooting Range in Cairo late Sunday night.
In a stunning rifle shooting display, Divyansh Singh Panwar created a new world record with a score of 253.7 in the final, surpassing Chinese Sheng Lihao's 253.3 set at the Asian Games in Hangzhou last year.
Divyansh showed early form to top the qualification with a world-class 632.4 and sensationally accurate shooting to finish 1.9 points behind silver medalist Italian Dani Solazzo in the 24-shot final.
Not only did he not score below 10, but two of his shots, the fourth and sixth, were a perfect 10.9 seconds.
It was another memorable day for the Indian shooting team as Sonam shot 252.1 in the eight women's final to finish behind Germany's Anna Janssen by 0.9. Poland's Anneta Stankiewicz won the bronze medal.
India now firmly top the table with two gold and three silver medals after three days of competition in the opening World Cup stage of the season.
Two Indians, Sonam and Nancy, had made the finals with scores of 632.7 and 633.1 and finished the 60-shot qualification round in fifth and fourth place respectively.
However, Sonam was the strongest in the 24-shot final, scoring 53.0 for her first five-shot series, giving her an early lead.
It was quite an unprecedented final, with the scores coming so close to each other that at the end of 10 shots, the gap between leader Sonam and Nancy, who was ranked eighth at that stage, was surprisingly only 0.8.
Anna took the lead from Sonam after the 14th shot as despite another 10.9 by Sonam on the 13th shot, Anna's consistent high 10s were fruitful.
At one time it seemed that it would be a double podium for India, but Poland's Stankiewicz overtook Nancy to win the bronze medal, while Sonam could not overtake the experienced Jansen despite excellent shooting.
Other Indian scores of the day
Women's 25m Pistol – Qualification Day 1 Precision Round
Simranpreet Kaur Brar- Score 290, Position: 3rd
Rhythm Sangwan- Score 288, Position 12th
Manu Bhaker- Score 287, Position 16th
Men's 10m Air Rifle
Arjun Babuta (Qualification: 630.7, 4th)
Rudraksh Balasaheb Patil (Qualification: 629.3, 10th)
Women's 10m Air Rifle
Tilottama Sen (Qualification: 627.6, 29th).(Agency)
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