India finish on top with a 43-medal haul at Junior Shooting World Championship


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India finish on top with a 43-medal haul at Junior Shooting World Championship

India topped the recently concluded ISSF (International Shooting Sports Federation) Junior World Championships in Lima by winning 43 medals, including 17 gold. Indian shooters won all available 12 medals on the last day of the top junior level competition at the Las Palmas Shooting Complex in the Peruvian capital.

Vijayveer Sidhu, Rhythm Sangwan, Arjun Singh Cheema and Shikha Narwal won gold medals for India on the final day, taking the tally of yellow medals to 17. India also won 16 silver and 10 bronze medals. Vijayveer claimed his third gold at the championships by finishing top in the junior men’s 25m standard pistol event. His twin brother Udayveer won silver while Harsh Gupta won bronze.

Rhythm Sangwan (573) won her fourth gold of the championship with a win in the Junior Women’s 25m Standard Pistol. In this event, her compatriots Nivedita Velur Nair (565) and Namya Kapoor (563) won silver and bronze medals respectively. In the junior men’s 50m pistol event, India’s Arjun Singh Cheema won gold while Shaurya Sarin and Ajinkya Chavan won silver and bronze medals respectively.

In the last event of the championship, Shikha Narwal of India won the junior women’s 50m pistol event with a score of 530. Esha Singh (529) came second while Navdeep Kaur (526) came third. Indian shooters won 26 out of 43 medals in the pistol category of this competition.

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Nine medals were won in the shotgun and eight medals in the rifle event. Olympians Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar and Manu Bhaker reaffirmed their world-class credentials with stellar performances. Manu was the most successful Indian shooter with four gold and one bronze medal. Aishwarya also set a junior world record by winning the junior men’s 50m rifle three position gold.

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