Naamya Kapoor, 14, achieved a memorable gold medal in the women’s 25-meter pistol event at the World Junior Shooting Championships on Monday. In addition to the triumph, Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games participant Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar completed a similar feat in the men’s 3-position 50m rifle event.
Namyaa Kapoor of Delhi, all 14 years old, stunned the field, including her compatriot Manu Bhaker, who won bronze, to be crowned 25M Junior Women’s Pistol World Champion on Monday (October 4) at Las Palmas de Lime. Making it a perfect day for India, Olympian Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar then claimed gold in the Junior Men’s 50M 3-Position Rifle to turn it into a clean sweep for India in the two medal events listed on day six of the competition of the International Shooting Federation (ISSF). ) Youth World Championship.
Namyaa had 36 hits of 50 in the final to finish ahead of France’s Camille Jedrzejewski and silver-winner Manu, who finished with 33.
Camille and Manu had to be separated via a tiebreaker, which lasted four rounds before Camille knocked down Manu 4-3 in the deciding match. This was Manu’s first bronze after three golds in the Championship.
However, the day belonged to Namyaa, who qualified for the final in sixth place with a score of 580 after two qualifying rounds. While she was behind her “seniors” Manu and Rhythm Sangwan, who finished 1-2 with scores of 587 and 586 respectively, in qualifying, there was nothing to stop her in the final where she missed only three of the first 20 shots to win. . by a good margin in the end.
Rhythm finished fourth in the eight women’s final.
In the second medal event of the day, the Junior Men’s 50M 3-Position Rifle, only Aishwary reached the final among the five Indians in the fray. In fact, he even equaled the junior world record of 1185 in qualifying to lead the field.
The talented youngster then broke the junior world record in the final with a score of 463.4, finishing almost seven points ahead of second-placed Frenchman Lucas Kryzs, who won silver with a score of 456.5. Gavin Barnick of the USA won bronze with 446.6.
Among the other Indians in the field, Sanskar Havelia was 11th with 1160, Pankaj Mukheja 15th with 1157, Sartaj Tiwana 16th with 1157 and Gurman Singh finished 22nd with a score of 1153.
With the addition of three medals, including two gold, India has further expanded its lead at the top of the medal table with eight gold, six silver and three bronze medals.
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