Olympian Anjum Moudgil won bronze in the Women’s 50m Rifle Three Positions at the ongoing ISSF World Cup Changwon, Korea, making it her second individual ISSF World Cup medal of the year in consecutive World Cup stages. She had won silver in the same event at the Baku World Cup held last month.
The 28-year-old Anjum had qualified for the top-eight with a qualification score of 586. She began the ranking round on Sunday not too impressively and after the first 10-shots in the Kneeling position was lying fifth out of eight shooters. She slipped down further to sixth after the second Prone series but shot solidly in the final Standing position, to steadily climb up the ladder. By the time the fifth and sixth place shooters were eliminated after the 15th Standing position shot, Anjum was 0.2 points ahead of 4th placed Rebecca Koeck of Austria and 1.5 behind second placed Italian Barbara Gambaro.
This meant that despite gaining a full point on the Italian in the fourth and final five-shot Standing position series, she had to be happy with a bronze. She ended with a score of 402.9, the Italian took the silver with 10 (403.4) 585.
Anna Janssen of Germany, who shot the best qualification score, won the gold with 16 (407.7) 590.
The other two Indians in the event, Sift Kaur Samra (582) and Ashi Chouskey (578) finihsed 17th and 35th respectively.
The Men’s 50m Rifle Three Positions Team comprising Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar, Sanjeev Rajput and Chain Singh won silver, going down 12-16 to the Czech Republic in the gold medal match, to give India a second medal in the day.
They Indians did put up a good fight but the Czech trio of Filip Nepejchal, Jiri Privarsky and Petra Nymbursky were too good on the day. The bronze was won by Australia.
Sunday’s efforts thus saw India hold on to top spot in the medal standings yet again with four gold, five silver and two bronze in their kitty. Korea is next best with three gold and one silver medal.