The Indian shooters are making it like never before.Taking ahead their medal-winning spree at the ISSF World Cup in Munich, Indian shooters almost swept aside the mixed events by grabbing two gold and silver on the concluding day.
India took the center stage with five gold and silver, ahead of China, who finished second with two gold, two silver, and five bronze. This is the first time India has topped the medals tally in three consecutive World Cups.It started with the 10m air rifle mixed event where the Indians featured in the gold-medal match. The pair of Anjum Moudgil and Divyansh Singh Panwar thrashed their countrymates Apurvi Chandela and Deepak Kumar for gold with a score of 16-2.
The duo shot exceptionally well and barring the first series in the gold-medal match, where Anjum had hit a 9.7, the pair hit all their shots above 10.1.In the gold-medal match, two teams shoot at the same time and the combined scores are calculated in every series. The team scoring a better aggregate earns two points. The one who reaches 16 points first, wins. One point if the aggregate scores are tied.
The format followed in the mixed event was changed once again in this edition of the World Cup. Unlike the last edition of the World Cup in Beijing, this time there was an absence of quarterfinals and semifinals. Rather, the mixed matches saw two qualification rounds of 60-shot per team taken forward by bronze-medal match and gold match.
In the 10m air pistol gold match, the pair of Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary left no stone unturned in beating the Ukrainian pair of Olena Kostevych and Oleh Omelchuk 17-9.
"I feel the performance of our shooters has been outstanding this World Cup. This is better than our expectations," Jaspal Rana, who is Indian junior team's coach, told TOI. Rana also coaches Manu.
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