Olympic quota winners Yashaswini Deswal (India) and Martin Strempfl (Austria) claimed the top spots in 10m air pistol and 10m air rifle respectively at the International Online Shooting Championship on Saturday.
The 35-year-old Martin was in red-hot form as he shot a score of 253.8 (one point more than the World Record) in the final after topping the qualification with 633.7 (0.2 more than the qualification World Record).
Although Martin’s record will not be be ratified as the ISSF considers only a select bunch of international competitions for that purpose, but it was an absolute delight for the viewers watching it live on the Facebook page of indianshooting.com.
Rudrankksh Patil shot 251.7 to bag the second place while Visnu Shivaraj Pandian was third with 226.5.
In the 10m air pistol, Yashaswini, who had claimed a gold medal at the ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro last year to secure an Olympic quota, shot 243.6 to claim the top spot.
Ashish Dabas finished second with 243.1 while Commonwealth games gold medallist Anish Bhanwala took the third place with 222.3 to make it an all-Indian affair.
Shooters from 11 countries participated in the championship, an initiative of former India shooter Shimon Sharif.
As is the norm, shooters participated in the championship by logging on to the Zoom platform from their respective locations and shot electronic targets set up in their houses, the screen for which was shared for the scores to be marked.
10m Air Rifle: 1. Martin Strempfl (Austria) 253.8 (633.7); 2. Rudrankksh Patil (India) 251.7 (631.3); 3. Visnu Shivaraj Pandian (India) 226.5 (626.2).
10m Air Pistol: 1. Yashaswini Deswal (India) 243.6 (576); 2. Ashish Dabas (India) 243.1 (577); 3. Anish Bhanwala (India) 222.3 (578).