Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar celebrates after breaking the world record and winning gold in his event.© Twitter
The young Indian shooter, Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar, broke the world record in the final to win gold during the 50m men’s rifle in the 3 positions at the ISSF Junior World Championships. Tomar equaled the junior world record score of 1185 in qualifying to reach the top on Monday. The youngster then improved on the junior world record in the final with a score of 463.4 and finished almost seven points ahead of second place Frenchman Lucas Kryzs, who won the silver with a score of 456.5. Gavin Barnick of the USA won bronze with a score of 446.6.
Among other Indians in the field, Sanskar Havelia was 11th with a score of 1160, Pankaj Mukheja 15th with 1157, Sartaj Tiwana 16th with 1157 and Gurman Singh finished 22nd with a score of 1153.
Earlier in the day, India’s 14-year-old shooter Naamya Kapoor shot for the gold medal ahead of celebrated compatriot Manu Bhaker in the 25m women’s pistol event. Kapoor scored 36 in the final to reach the top prize ahead of Frenchman Camille Jedrzejewski (33) and 19-year-old Olympian Bhakar (31), who have already won three gold medals in the tournament. Bhaker finished with the bronze after the French shooter gained the upper hand in a shootout on Monday.
Another Indian shooter in the women’s final, Rhythm Sangwan, finished fourth as the country dominated the event. Kapoor was sixth in the qualification with a total of 580 when Bhaker (587) and Sangwan (586) took the first two places.
Kapoor from Delhi achieved the second best score of 583 in qualifying to be fifth in the national shooting trials in the Dr Karni Singh range in August.
India leads with eight gold, six silver and three bronze medals for a total of 17 medals.
It is the first multi-disciplinary shooting event since the Tokyo Olympics, with as many as 32 nations and nearly 370 athletes participating in the championship.