ISSF Junior World Championship: Naamya Kapoor, Aishwary Pratap win gold medals

Naamya Kapoor won the women’s 25m pistol and Manu Bhaker bagged bronze. Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar set a new junior world record in the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions.

By Naveen Peter
Picture by National Rifle Association of India

Tokyo Olympian Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar set a new junior world record to win the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions gold medal at the ISSF Junior World Championship 2021 at Lima, Peru on Monday.

Naamya Kapoor, the niece of two-time Olympian Sanjeev Rajput, also clinched the women’s 25m pistol gold to add to India’s impressive medals tally at the meet.

Indians have won 17 medals - eight golds, six silvers and three bronze - and currently top the ISSF Junior World Championship 2021 leaderboard. The USA is second on the list with 12 medals (four golds).

The day began with the 14-year-old Naamya Kapoor dominating the 25m pistol final as she led from the start to claim top podium.

Making the cut for the medal round after finishing sixth in qualifying, the New Delhi-based shooter scored 13 in the first stage (three sets of five shots) to lead the pack. From there on, she scored a total of 36, leaving the other contenders behind.

France’s Camille Jedrzejewski won the silver medal with 33 points while India’s Manu Bhaker, who scored 31, had to settle for the bronze medal after a tense shoot-off.

In the men’s 50m 3 positions event, Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar equalled the world junior record in the qualification stage with a score of 1185.

In the final, though Lucas Kryzs of France kept pace with him for a while, Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar -- who finished 21st in the same event at Tokyo 2020 -- raced ahead in the standing segment to win the gold medal with a score of 463.4.

The performance also helped him set a new junior world record. He broke the previous record of 462.9 in a final, held by

Filip Nepejchal of the Czech Republic. Nepejchal had set his mark at the ISSF World Cup Finals in Putian, China back in 2019.

Lucas Kryzs won the silver with a score of 456.5 while Gavin Barnick of the USA took the bronze with a score of 446.6.