Shooting World Cup: India finishes with five gold medals in Rio

NEW DELHI: India finished on International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup Rifle/Pistol in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with five gold medals as a team Manu Baker - Saurabh Chaudhary defeated Yashaswini Deswai - Abhishek Verma in the summit clash of the 10 m Air Pistol mixed team event.

With this, India finished the tournament with 5 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals.

India has now finished as the leading nation in the ISSF Senior World Cup events in 2019 with 16 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze medals.

Early in the day, Apurvi Chandela He partnered with Deepak Kumar to give India his fourth gold medal on the last day of the competition.

This triumph ensured an unprecedented end for India in the four ISSF World Cup stages this year, including the lonely Junior World Cup ISSF.

Apurvi and Deepak beat the Chinese couple of Yang Qian and Yu Haonan 16-6 in a unilateral final. India won eight of the 11 single-shot duels between the teams.

After comfortably passing the first qualifying round, the pair of Apurvi and Deepak led the board after 20 individual shots in the second round, presenting the eight best teams of the previous round.

Their total of 419.1 allowed them to directly enter the match for the gold medal, where they met against the Chinese couple who had finished second with 418.7.

Anjum Moudgil and Divyansh Singh Panwar, who won the previous two World Cup editions of the same event, also managed to get a bronze medal.

Anjum and Divyansh shot 418.0 to be in fourth place and qualified for the match for the bronze medal against the Hungarian couple of Eszter Meszaros and Peter Sidi, who shot 418.6 to finish third.

They won their match for the bronze medal against the Hungarians with relative ease, obtaining a result of 16-10.

The first to 16 points win in the matches and the same format will be used in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.