Arjun Singh Cheema made India proud after clinching the gold medal in the junior men's 50m pistol event at the 52nd ISSF Shooting World Championship in Changwon. Arjun also won the gold medal in the junior men's 50m pistol team event after combining with Gaurav Rana and Anmol Jain. Gaurav, on the other hand, won a bronze medal in junior men's 50m pistol as well. In the junior women's trap event, Manisha Keer won a silver medal as she equaled the junior world record with a score of 41 in the final. With juniors shinning in their respective events, the senior teams failed to make it to the finals.
The ISSF Shooting World Championship is the first quota event for the 2020 Olympic Games, offering as many as 60 berths. Meanwhile, Arjun shot a score of 559 to get the better of Korean Woojong Kim, who managed 554 for the silver. Gaurav tallied 551 to claim bronze. Arjun, Gaurav, and Anmol Jain tallied 1659 to claim the team gold ahead of Korea who came second with 1640. China won bronze in the team event.
In the mixed team 10m air rifle, the pair of Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar shot 835.6 in qualifications to finish seventh. The top five teams make it to the finals and Apurvi and Ravi fell short by 0.4 points.
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The second Indian team in the event, comprising Deepak Kumar and Mehuli Ghosh, shot a combined score of 831.6 to end in 25th spot. In the mixed team air pistol event, India's Heena Sidhu and Shahzar Rizvi shot 768 to end 10th in qualification. The fifth and final qualification spot went to Spain with a score of 771. The second Indian pair of Manu Bhaker and Abhishek Verma shot 767 to finish in 12th position. (Inputs PTI).