India’s young Shooting talents Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar and Chinki Yadav, not only won their first International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup stage medals, but made the occasion even more memorable by striking gold in the Men’s 50M Rifle 3 Positions (3P) and Women’s 25M Pistol event respectively, at New Delhi’s Dr. Karni Singh Shooting range on Wednesday.
Shooting on competition day six of the on going ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun stage being held in the national capital, 20-year old Aishwary set the ball rolling in the Men’s 3P, beating Air Rifle number one Istvan Peni of Hungary 462.5 to 461.6 in a cracking final.
It was Chinki’s turn thereafter, where she led an Indian clean sweep in the day’s second final, the Women’s 25M Pistol. In yet another close match, Chinki and her senior compatriot and fellow Tokyo Olympics quota holder Rahi Sarnobat, had to go into a shoot-off to decide the gold medal, where the youngster prevailed 4-3. Both had earlier tied at 32-hits out of 50.
Manu Bhaker of India won bronze in the event, when she was eliminated after the ninth and penultimate five-shot series. At that stage, she had 28 hits out of 45.
In Men’s 3P, shooting against such seasoned shooters as compatriot and double Olympian Sanjeev Rajput, former Prone World Champion Steffen Olsen of Denmark and multiple world cup medallist and world number 15 Jan Lochbihler of Switzerland, besides Hungarian Rifle ace Peni, young Aishwary started strong and led the field after the first 15 Kneeling position shots.
At the end of the second Prone position however, Olsen cashed in on a couple of low-scoring shots by Tomar and took the lead with Peni right on Tomar’s shoulder in third. The youngster from the Madhya Pradesh Shooting Academy then staged a brilliant comeback in the final Standing position, shooting a high 52.2 in the final series before the eliminations (40-shots), to lead Peni, who had now risen to second, by 1.6 points.
Going into the final 45thshot, Peni had reduced the gap to 0.9, but Aishwary held his nerve admirably to shoot a 10.3, the same as Peni, to secure gold.
In the Women’s 25M Pistol, Asian Games champion Rahi Sarnobat had earlier in the day topped the qualification round with a score of 581, to lead all three participating Indians into the final. Chinki was second with 580, while Manu was fourth with 576.
The trio did not exactly begin the final with a bang, but with every successive five-shot series, they were slowly but surely climbing up the ladder. By the time Singapore’s Teh Xiu Hong became the first to be eliminated after 20-shots, Chinki was leading with 14 hits, Manu was second with 13 while Rahi was in fourth place with 12 hits to her name.
Latvian Agate Rasmane, then briefly took the lead after the fifth series, but Chinki and Manu were back at 1-2 after the sixth and by the time the seventh series ended it was all India at the top, but this time Rahi had displaced Manu in second position.
The Latvian got eliminated in fourth place after the eighth series with Chinki leading with 27 hits, Rahi second with 25 and Manu third with 24 hits. In the ninth series, both Rahi and Manu had four hits, while Chinki had three, which meant that Manu had to settle for bronze.
In the final 10thseries, Chinki had two hits while Rahi got three to take the match into a shoot-off, where Chinki emerged triumphant.
There was a third final on the day with Slovenia’s world number seven Ziva Dvorska winning the Women’s 50M Rifle 3 Positions in a dominating final performance. She shot 457.1 to beat Nina Christen (ranked four) of Switzerland by a comfortable margin of two points. Poland’s Aneta Stankiewicz won bronze in the event.
India continue to dominate the medals tally with nine gold, five silver and five bronze medals for a total of 19 medals won till now. The USA lie second with three gold, two silver and one bronze medal.
Competition day seven on Thursday also has three finals lined up, with the team events in the Men’s and Women’s 3P as well as the Women’s 25m Pistol on schedule.
Good bowling by Varun Pahadiya 5/40 and fine knock by Aditya Sharma 67 and Rahul Chaudhary 40 helped Rann Star Club beat Dahiya Academy by 121 runs in the first Shashi Sharma memorial Under-19 cricket tournament at Stephen ground. Varun received Sport Sun man of the match from Parag Sharma.
Brief scores: Rann Star Club:284 in 39.5 overs:Aditya Sharma 67,Rahul Chaudhary 40, Ankit Yadav 37,Shivraj 6/29,Yug Gupta 2/53.
Dahiya Academy: 163 in 25.4 overs:Yug Gupta 30,Divik Kumar 29,Varun Pahadiya 5/40,Keshav Dalal 2/6.
Shubham Sharma hits century; Darling Frontline Champion
Fine century by Shubham Sharma 122 not out and tishant Dabla 80 not out and good bowling by Akhil Kumar 4/62 helped Darling Frontline Club beat Cricways Academy by 6 wickets and lift 4th Phool Singh memorial cricket tournament Title. Shubham Sharma named man of the match.
Brief scores: Cricways Academy: 348/9 in 40 overs:Prashant Kumar 108, Ritik Vats 108,Prateek Raman 50,Kartik Sharma 38,Akhil Kumar 4/62.
Darling Frontline Club: 349/4 in 28.1 overs:Shubham Sharma 122 not out(71b,16×4,5×6), Tishant Dabla 80 not out,Prashant Gujjar 78,Ankit Chillar 48,Prashant Kumar 2/70.
Harsh and Tejas shines
Fine allround display by Harsh Kumar 37 and 3/21 and fine knock by Tejas Malhotra 77 and Akshay Saini 54 helped Aarush Sports beat Gyanti Academy by 65 runs in the SH Sports Open cricket tournament at Mundka ground. Harsh Kumar named man of the match.
Brief scores: Aarush Sports: 257/7 in 40 overs: Tejas Malhotra 77,Akshay Saini 54,Ranjeet Singh 45,Harsh Kumar 37,Sudhanshu Yadav 2/41, Akhilesh Semwal 2/49.
Gyanti Academy: 192 in 36.3 overs: Akhilesh Semwal 42,Aman Kedia 41 not out,Aditya Pandey 3/20,Harsh Kumar 3/21.
Dhananjai and Tanishk star
Fine allround display by Dhananjai Singh 2/20 and 35 and good bowling by Tanishk Kumar 4/28 helped Maulana Azad Club beat Telefunken Club by 7 wickets in the league match of the Harcourt Butler Under-15 cricket tournament at Harcourt Butler School ground. Dhananjai Kumar named man of the match.
Brief scores: Telfunken Club: 108 in 26.5 overs: Saksham Negi 27,Tanishk Kumar 4/28,Dhananjai Singh 2/20.
Maulana Azad Club: 110/3 in 22 overs:Dhananjai Singh 35,Lucky Rana 24 not out,Yatharth Singh 2/16.
Naman hits century
Fine century by man of the match Naman Taneja 126 and half century by Yash Rana 57 and good bowling by Krish Vohra 3/9 and Avinash Dedha 3/20 helped Chetan Anand Academy beat Fore Titans Academy by 145 runs in the One X T-20 Tournament at Naglipoona ground.
Brief scores: Chetan Anand Academy: 234/6 in 20 overs:Naman Taneja 126, Yash Rana 57,Abhishek Bhabad 3/37.
Fore Titans Academy: 89 in 13.2 overs: Ishan Kumar 31,Krish Vohra 3/9, Avinash Dedha 3/20.