ISSF World Cup: Yashaswini Deswal secures Olympic Quota with Gold

ISSF World Cup: Yashaswini Deswal secures Olympic Quota with Gold

  
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Yashaswini Singh Deswal. Photo: indianshooting.com

Yashaswini Singh Deswal won the gold medal in women’s 10m air pistol at the ongoing ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, securing India’s ninth quota in shooting for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The 22-year-old, Yashaswini, registered 236.7 in the final to beat former Olympic and world champion Olena Kostevych of Ukraine by a margin of 1.9 point.

Serbia’s Jasmina Milavonovic took the bronze.

Yashaswini, who is a former junior world champion, also the topped the qualification with a score of 582.

In the final, Yashaswini took the lead after the first ten shots and maintained it till the very to claim her first World Cup medal.

The brilliant performance saw Yashaswini join India’s other quota winners Anjum Moudgil, Apurvi Chandela, Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma, Divyansh Singh Panwar, Rahi Sarnobat, Manu Bhaker and Sanjeev Rajput.

This is also India’s third gold at the ongoing World Cup, after Elavenil Valarivan and Abhishek Verma won the yellow metal in the women’s 10m air rifle and men’s 10m air pistol respectively.

Yashaswini had won gold at the Junior World Championship in 2017 and silver at the Junior World Cup in 2016.

The other two Indians in the event, Annu Raj Singh (572) and Shweta Singh (568) finished 21st and 31st respectively in a field of 82 shooters.

India is placed at the top of the medals tally with 3 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze for a total of 5 medals.

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