Tokyo-bound Anjum Moudgil hits form at European shooting championships

In the 50m Rifle 3 Positions, Anjum Moudgil did better than what she did at the New Delhi World Cup in March.

By Rahul Venkat
Picture by Anjum Moudgil/Instagram

Indian shooter Anjum Moudgil shot 1173 to end third in the Minimum Qualification Score (MQS) category in the women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions at the European Championships in Osijek, Croatia on Sunday.

All Indians at the event are participating as guest invitees in the MQS section, which means they cannot progress to the final to contend for medals. The event serves as practice for the Indian shooters ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

The 27-year-old Anjum Moudgil was seventh overall, enough to qualify for the final had she been eligible. The top-eight shooters make the cut for the final.

Anjum Moudgil’s score on Sunday was better than the 1162 she had shot during the New Delhi World Cup in March. The other Indian in action, Tejaswini Sawant scored 1172 to finish fourth among the 16 MQS shooters.

German shooter Jolyn Beer shot 1185 to tie the European Championship record and topped the field.

Ukraine's Lessia Leskiv topped the MQS section with a score of 1177. The MQS shooters were in action in the second half of the day while the regulars shot in the morning.

Both Anjum Moudgil and Tejaswini Sawant are in the 15-member Indian shooting squad for the Tokyo Olympics in the women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions.

Anjum Moudgil will also take part in the 10m Air Rifle mixed team event with Deepak Kumar and has also been named on the reserves list for the women’s 10m Air Rifle.

Skeet shooters Mairaj Ahmad Khan and Angad Bajwa are the only ones in the Tokyo-bound contingent not taking part in the European championships. They are currently training in Italy.