Manu Bhaker and Javad Foroughi won the 10M Air Pistol Mixed Team gold.© Twitter
India’s wife pistol bait Manu Bhaker and Iran’s reigning Olympic champion Javad Foroughi, won the 10M Air Pistol Mixed Team gold at the Continuing International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) Presidential Cup Rifle / Pistol in Wroclaw, Poland, late Friday. The Indo-Iranian pair defeated the French-Russian duo Mathilde Lamolle and Artem Chernousov 16-8 in the gold medal match. Manu and Javad placed third in the qualifiers with a combined 582/600 to qualify for the first semi-final where they reached the four-pair field at the top of the four-pair field to advance to the final.
Lamolle and Artem came through by winning the second semifinal. Among the other Indians in the field, Abhishek Verma teamed up with Ukrainian Olena Kostevych to finish sixth while the pairs of Saurabh Chaudhary and Swiss Heidi Gerber Diethelm also made it into the top eight. semi-finalists to finish seventh.
Yashaswini Deswal, the fourth Indian in the fight, paired with Slovakian Juraj Tuzinsky, finished 10th among the 12 teams in the competition. International Mixed teams were randomly formed in accordance with the draw by the ISSF.
In the day’s other medal event, China’s Lihao Sheng and Romania’s Laura-Georgeta Ilie won the 10m air rifle mixed team competition.
The first ISSF President’s Cup is a renamed version of the ISSF World Cup final, where the year’s top 12 athletes are invited according to World Rankings to determine the best individual athletes of the year in the respective Olympic events.
Individual winners will be awarded along with prize money with The Golden Target. Cash prizes will also be awarded to all athletes in the individual competitions.Saturday, day three of competitions, has the first of four individual finals on schedule.
Indian interests lie in the 10m air pistol competitions for men and women, where Manu along with Saurabh and Abhishek advanced to the semi-finals in the men’s competition.