ISSF World Cup Rifle / Pistol / Shotgun · Guadalajara, MEX
(by Govind Bagariya, Garhtaknet, Shrimadhopur, Sikar)
Om Prakash Mitharval finish first Gold Medal in 10m Air Pistol mixed team final
The sensational Manu Bhaker, all of 16, shot her way to a second successive gold medal in a mixed team event as India consolidated their position at the top in the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico.Partnering Om Prakash Mitharval, the Indian teenager clinched the 10m air pistol mixed team title, a day after she won the women's 10m air pistol individual gold on what is turning out to be a memorable senior World Cup debut.
The ISSF Season kicked off at CODE Paradero and Club Cinegetico Jalisicense, the two venues that hosted the first stage of the 2018 ISSF World Cup Series.
The 2018 shooting sport season opened in great style in Guadalajara (MEX), where the first stage of the ISSF World Cup Series closed today, after having delivered 15 gold medals in the Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun disciplines.
A total of 404 athletes participated in the competition, representing 50 countries and piling up 594 starts.
At the end of the ISSF World Cup Stage 1, India claimed the top position in the final medal standings with nine total medals: four golds, one silver and four bronzes. The Indian team was followed by the United States of America, who secured three golds, one silver and two bronzes all in Shotgun events.
The People’s Republic of China pocketed five total medals each, with the Chinese team claiming two golds, two silvers and one bronze, and the French one winning one gold, one silver and three bronzes.
India continued its gold rush at the ISSF World Cup as Manu Bhaker and Om Prakash Mitharval win gold medal in 10m Air Pistol mixed team final. With this India pocketed its third World Cup gold in Guadalajara. This was also Bhaker’s second gold medal after she clinched a gold medal in the women’s 10m Air Pistol final.
Teaming up with Mitharval, the 16-year-old Manu Bhaker continued her brilliant run as the duo overtook their German rivals in the final phase of the match. The Indian team took gold with 476.1 points, 0.9 points ahead of Sandra and Christian Reitz, who claimed silver for Germany with 475.2.
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Meanwhile, the bronze medal went to France’s Celine Goberville and Florian Fouquet. The French team was placed third with 415.1 points, while India’s second team — comprising of Mahima Turhi Agrawal and Shahzar Rizvi were placed at the fourth position with 372.4.
In other results, India’s Mehuli Ghosh and Deepak Kumar added another bronze medal to India’s growing medal count. Ghosh and Kumar bettered their teammates – Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar, who were placed just outside of the podium with 392.6 points, after entering the final with the highest qualification score.
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