Rhythm Sangwan wins sports pistol gold

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Rhythm Sangwan clinched gold in the 25m sport pistol with compatriots Manu Bhaker and Naamya Kapoor for company on the podium as India swept the Junior World Cup medals in Suhl, Germany on Sunday.

Rhythm, who shot 588 in qualifying, beat Manu 31-26 for the gold medal. Naamya came in third with 16 hits. The three Indian shooters had placed in the top three in qualifying and had a strong performance in the medal round after successfully negotiating the second leg of the qualification.

Shivam Dabas won silver in the 50 meter rifle 3 positions after losing 17-15 to Italy’s Danilo Dennis Sollazzo. Frenchman Nathan Bally (585) in qualifying beat Pankaj Mukheja (584) by 0.1 points for bronze.

India won all three medals in the junior men’s 25 meter sport pistol, by Shiva Narwal, Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu and Sameer, in the non-Olympic event which decides medals on qualifying scores.

India topped the medal table with nine gold, 10 silver and one bronze.

The results: 25m Sport Pistol: Junior Women: 1. Rhythm Sangwan 31 (11) 588; 2. Manu Bhaker 26 (17) 584; 3. Naamya Kapoor 16 (12) 583; 4. Michaela Boesl (Germany) 10 (9) 565; Esha Singh 574; Simranpreet Kaur Brar 571.

Junior men: 1. Shiva Narval 583 (18x); 2. Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu 583 (17x); 3.Samir 582; 4. Udhayveer Sidhu 579; 6. Udit Joshi 575.

Rifle 50m 3 positions: Junior men: 1. Danilo Dennis Sollazzo (Ita) 17 (399.6) 580; 2. Shivam Dabas 15 (398.8) 582; 3. Nathan Bally (fra) 398.4 (585); 4. Pankaj Mukheja 398.3 (584); 24. Avinash Yadav 570; 28. Dhanveer Rathod 560.

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