Manish Narwal sets new world record at Para Shooting World Cup

He broke the record held by Serbia's Rastko Jokic in P4 mixed 50m pistol SH1 event

By Samrat Chakraborty

Manish Narwal made in history on Tuesday as he shattered the world record to clinch a gold medal in the P4 mixed 50m pistol SH1 event at the 2021 Para Shooting World Cup.

The 2019 World Championship bronze medallist overcame stiff competition from the Paralympic and World Para Shooting Champions, Iranian Sareh Javanmardi and Ukraine’s Oleksii Denusiuk respectively, to shoot 229.1 points and break the previous record held by Serbia’s Rastko Jokic (228.6).

It also marked the second gold medal for India after Singhraj clinched the top podium spot in the P1 men’s 10m air pistol SH1 event.

The 19-year-old Narwal is spearheading the new generation of Indian para-shooters. He shot five points better than second-placed Javanmardi who ended with a score of 223.4.

Another Indian, Singhraj, who earlier claimed a top podium finish at the World Cup, settled for a bronze in the event with 201.7 points. At the SH1 events, athletes, are able to support their firearm without any assistance.

“The way Manish performed today was expected from him. I was in fact expecting a better score from him. Today’s result will surely boost the entire team’s confidence and preparation for the Tokyo Paralympic Games,” national chief coach JP Nautiyal told PTI.

On the penultimate day, Ukraine leads the medals tally with four gold, as many silver and one bronze. Hosts United Arab Emirates (UAE) are at the second spot with three gold and a silver while India have two gold, one silver and a bronze medal.