Apurvi Chandela wins Silver in ISSF World Cup Final

Apurvi Chandela wins Silver in ISSF World Cup Final

  
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Apurvi Chandela

Apurvi Chandela’s final shot was a 10.2, which was just 0.2 less than the eventual winner Ahmadi Elaheh, who shot a 10.4.

22-year-old Apurvi Chandela impressed again as she clinched the silver medal in Women’s 10m Air Rifle of the ISSF World Cup Final in Munich, Germany.

The Jaipur girl finished second on the podium after she tallied 206.9, just 0.6 behind Ahmadi Elaheh of Iran, who won the gold medal with a tally of 207.5.

Andrea Arsovic of Serbia bagged the bronze after prevailing in a shoot-off with Croatia’s Valentina Gustin.

In the finals, Chandela started on a rousing note as she fired two shots of 10.8 to lead after Series 1 of first competition stage. A total of 30.6 in the second series saw her a drop a place.

Thereafter, the Indian managed to remain in contention for a medal.

Chandela’s final shot was a 10.2, which was just 0.2 less than the eventual winner Ahmadi Elaheh, who shot a 10.4.

The reigning Commonwealth Games gold medallist has already earned the country a quota place for next year’s Rio Olympics by claiming the 10m air rifle bronze at the ISSF World Cup in Changwon, Korea, in April.

Shooters with 10 best scores in each event of the year’s four ISSF World Cups are entitled to compete in the World Cup Final.

Another star shooter from India, Jitu Rai finished 5th in the Men’s 10m Air Pistol. The army shooter who was very recently conferred with the Arjuna award, shot 578 (98,98,94,97,96,95) in the qualification on Saturday.

London Olympic bronze medallist Gagan Narang and Gurpreet Singh had earlier reached the finals of their respective events in the tournament, but missed out on medals.

Expressing his happiness at the result, Kuldeep Chandela, father of Apurvi Chandela, said: “Her record suggests that she is the best finalist among all Indian shooters as every time she makes the final round, she comes back with a medal of some colour. This medal will surely boost her confidence even more towards the aim of winning an Olympic medal, hopefully gold,” he added.

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