ISSF junior world championship: India finish top of the medal table after final day clean sweep

Indian shooters won all the medals on offer in the 25m and 50m pistol events on the last day to end up with 42 medals in all and top the tally.

By Rahul Venkat
Picture by NRAI

It was a perfect end for Indian shooters at the ISSF Junior World Championship 2021 in Lima, Peru on Saturday as they did a clean sweep of all medals on offer on the final day.

India emerged with the gold, silver and bronze medals in the junior men’s and women’s 25m standard pistol as well as the junior men’s and women’s 50m pistol events on Saturday.

India’s first clean sweep of the day came in the junior men’s 25m standard pistol event as Vijayveer Sidhu won gold, Udhayveer Sidhu won silver and Harsh Gupta took bronze.

Twins Vijayveer and Udhayveer shot identical scores of 570. However, Vijayveer had hit 17 shots in the inner circle to take the gold medal as Udhayveer only hit 14.

Another Indian Mahesh Pasupathy finished in 13th place in the event.

In the junior women’s 25m standard pistol, Rhythm Sangwan (573) took gold ahead of compatriots Nivetha Veloor (565) - who won silver - and Naamya Kapoor (563), who won the bronze medal.

India’s Arjun Singh Cheema, Shaurya Sarin and Ajinkya Chavan then clean swept the podium in the junior men’s 50m pistol.

Three Indian shooters - Harsh Gupta, Nikhil Chandila and Arjun Chhillar - finished outside the medals in the junior men’s 50m pistol.

The final all-Indian podium of the day came in the junior women’s 50m pistol with Shikha Narwal (530) winning gold ahead of Esha Singh (529) and Navdeep Kaur (526).

India ended with a total medal tally of 42 - 16 golds, 15 silvers and nine bronze medals - and were the most successful nation at the tournament.

The USA were second with 21 medals while Italy came in third after winning 10 medals.