Indian shooters arrive, Sanjeev Rajput heads to the shooting range
NEW DELHI: Just out of securing a Olympic fee at the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, a jet-legged Sanjeev Rajput on Thursday he went to the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range to get an idea of the place ahead of the national team rehearsals.
Rajput won a silver in the men's 50-meter rifle 3 positions in the ISSF World Cup ensure India its eighth installment for the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Rajput was one of the two shooters to have won an Olympic fee in Rio, the other being Yashaswini Singh Deswal in the women's 10m air pistol.
The shooters, including the 10m air gun gold medalist Abhishek Verma , the gold winner of the mixed air rifle team Deepak Kumar and the bronze winner Divyansh Singh Panwar, arrived in the capital with a warm welcome.
The Indian shooting contingent made the country proud of the World Cup of the International Sports Shooting Federation (ISSF), recently concluded, by winning five gold, two silver and two bronze medals.
The shooters expressed optimism to continue their good run in the next tournament, including next year's Olympic Games.
The results in Rio de Janeiro ensured an unprecedented top finish for India across all four ISSF World Cup Stages this year, including the lone junior World Cup.
The Indian rifle and pistol shooters topped the medals tally at all four ISSF World Cup stages this year in a phenomenal performance, picking up a total of 22 medals with as many as 16 gold.