India’s Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar broke the finals world record to win gold in the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions event at the ISSF Junior World Championships.
Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar on 4 October had equalled the junior world record score of 1185 in qualification. He then bettered the junior world record in the final with a score of 463.4, finishing nearly 7 points ahead of second-placed Frenchman Lucas Kryzs, who won silver with a score of 456.5. Gavin Barnick of the US won bronze with a score of 446.6.
Among other Indians in the field, Sanskar Havelia was 11th with a score of 1160, Pankaj Mukheja 15th with 1157, Sartaj Tiwana 16th with 1157 and Gurman Singh finished 22nd with a score of 1153.
Aishwary Pratap Singh’s gold was India’s eighth at the World Championships, which is being held in Lima, Peru. India are the runaway leaders in the Worlds this year with 17 medals overall. Second-placed USA have won 12 medals with four golds.
Earlier, 14-year-old shooter Naamya Kapoor had fired her way to gold ahead of celebrated compatriot Manu Bhaker in the women’s 25 m pistol event. Kapoor shot 36 in the final to claim the top prize ahead of France’s Camille Jedrzejewski (33) and 19-year-old Olympian Bhakar (31), who has already won three gold so far in the tournament. Bhaker settled for the bronze after the French markswoman prevailed in a shoot-off on 4 October.
Another Indian shooter in the women’s final, Rhythm Sangwan, finished fourth as the country dominated the event. Kapoor was sixth in the qualification with a total of 580 as Bhaker (587) and Sangwan (586) grabbed the top two spots.
Delhi’s Kapoor had shot the second-best score of 583 in qualification to finish fifth in the national shooting selection trials at the Dr Karni Singh Range in August.
This is the first multi-discipline shooting event since the Tokyo Olympics, with as many as 32 nations and nearly 370 athletes participating in the championship.