ISSF Junior World Championship: Indian pistol shooters shine

Adarsh Singh and Udhayveer Sidhu occupy the top two places, respectively, in the men’s 25m rapid fire while India are in pole position in the 25m pistol team.

By Naveen Peter
Picture by Kevin C Cox/ Getty Images

Indian pistol shooters put up a commendable show to top the charts at the end of the first stage of qualification in the men’s 25m rapid fire at the ISSF Junior World Championship 2021 in Lima, Peru on Tuesday.

Leading the charts at the end of the opening stage was Adarsh Singh who totalled 294 for the first place. Close on his heels was his compatriot Udhayveer Sidhu with a score of 292 for second place. France’s Andre Cussigh was third with 290.

The other Indian in the competition, Vijayveer Sidhu was fifth with a score of 287 out of the possible 300. The top eight after Wednesday’s stage two will qualify for the final.

The Indian team of Manu Bhaker, Naamya Kapoor and Rhythm Sangwan too topped the charts at the end of the first stage of qualification in the women’s 25m pistol team event.

The Indian trio scored 878 in their precision round and was followed by France in second place who scored 872. Hungary were placed third with a score of 866.

However, there was no such fortune going India’s way at the rifle range as their shooters failed to make the business end of the competition.

In the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions event, Ashi Chouksey was India’s top performer as she finished 11th with a score of 1164 after three stages of shooting.

Ayushi Podder was 17th with 1162 while Nischal finished 28th scoring 1152 in the qualification round. Bandhvi Singh was placed 35th with 1147 while Prasiddhi Mahant was 42nd with a total of 1140.

The Indian team of Samra Sift Kaur and Surya Pratap Singh too failed to make the final of the 50m rifle prone mixed event after finishing sixth in the qualification round.

In shotgun events, the Indian trap shooters were off the mark in the qualification rounds.

In the men’s event, Vivaan Kapoor was the best performing Indian as he finished seventh in the qualification with a score of 116. Aakash Kushwaha, who broke 114 clay targets, was ninth while Mohamadmuzahid Malek was 17th with 112. Shardul Vihan came in 19th, scoring 110 in the qualification round.

In the women’s trap event, Indian shooters were in the bottom half with Kirti Gupta, their best performer, occupying 16th place. She managed to hit 104 clay targets in the qualification round.

Divya Singh was 20th with a score of 93 while Aadya Tripathi was 21st with 89.