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    Rhythm Sangwan breaks 29-year-old World Record in 25m Pistol


    Rhythm Sangwan, broke a 29-year-old world record but missed a second medal at the ongoing ISSF World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan, finishing eighth in the women 25m pistol.

    Rhythm, who won her first-ever individual senior World Cup medal with a bronze in the women 10m air pistol on Wednesday, shot a stunning 595 to top the 25m pistol qualification early in the day, smashing the world record first created by Diana Iorgova of Bulgaria back in 1994 in Milan.

    It had been equalled twice thereafter, most recently by German Doreen Vennekamp at the Bhopal World Cup in March this year. Doreen won bronze here in Baku while China Feng Sixuan picked up a second consecutive World Cup gold in the event with 38 hits in the final to Iranian silver medallist Haniyeh Rostamiyan 33.

    Rhythm was first to be eliminated in the eight-woman final with 10 hits in the first four five-shot series.

    Rhythm in fact broke two world records on the day as she also claimed the junior women 25m pistol qualification record.

    That went back even further, 34 years to be precise, when Russian Nino Salukvadze shot 593 at the European Championship in Zagreb.

    India Manu Bhaker had equalled that effort in 2018 at the Asian Games in Jakarta.

    India registered a no-medal day for the first time in the tournament as even though Rhythm topped qualification with her 595, teammates Esha Singh and Manu Bhaker shot 582 and 578 respectively to finish in 13th and 27th positions.

    Abhidnya Ashok Patil, playing for ranking points, registered a score of 576.