Manu Bhaker, Naamya Kapoor manage India’s charge to 25m pistol team gold in Junior World Championship

The Indian Junior Women’s Sports Pistol team including Manu Bhaker, Rhythm Sangwan, and newly established world junior champion in the Individual Women’s Sports Pistol, Naamya Kapoor, managed proceedings in the 25M pistol women’s team event at the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Championship in Lima, Peru, beating USA 16-4 in the gold medal match.

Besides, this was Manu’s fourth gold of the competition to go with one bronze, while it was the 14-year old Naamya’s second gold of the championship. On Wednesday, competition day eight of the championship, India also pulled up a silver medal in the 25M rapid-fire pistol Junior Men competition when Adarsh Singh came short of USA’s Henry Turner Leverett in the six-man final.

Moreover, In the Junior Women’s 25M pistol team competition, the Indian trio of Manu, Rhythm, and Naamya, met little competition throughout. On Tuesday, they had ended on top of round one of qualification with a combined effort of 878, which was six points clear of the second-placed French team.

Later that day, they surpassed round two as well to ease into the gold medal match with a score of 446. Team USA joined them in the final with a score of 437. In the gold medal match on Wednesday, the Indian team took a powerful lead of 10-4 before the start of the eighth series of rapid-fire shots, before closing out at 16-4.

Furthermore, the twins Udhayveer and Vijayveer were the first to go out in the final though, with Udhayveer making nine hits in the first 20-shots to finish sixth. Vijayveer ended fifth, reaching out in the next series with 13 hits out of 25. Adarsh, however, started the final straight with a complete 10 out of 10 in the first two series.

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However, USA’s Henry Turner Leverett set out to be the most accurate and finished with 32-hits out of 40 to win gold, with Adarsh finishing with 28 to win silver.  Earlier, in the first medal event of the day, the 50M rifle prone Mixed Team, India ended outside the medals.

The pair of Sift Kaur Samra and Surya Pratap Singh made it to the second qualification round, ultimately concluding sixth with a combined score of 409.5. Ashi Chouksey and Sanskar Havelia finished ninth out 11 pairs in round one of qualification with a combined score of 604.0. The top eight pairs made it to round two.

Moreover, India yet remains on top of the medal score with nine gold, seven silver, and three bronze medals. The USA occupies second with five gold and a total of 16 medals.

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