Baku (Azerbaijan), May 11
India’s Rhythm Sangwan took bronze in the women’s 10m air pistol event at the ISSF World Cup 2023 for rifle and pistol shooters in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Wednesday.
Rhythm Sangwan finished third in the final with a score of 219.1, behind Olympic champion Anna Korakaki of Greece and gold medalist Olena Kostevych of Ukraine from the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. It was Rhythm Sangwan’s first individual senior medal at the World Cup of Shooting.
The other Indian in the final, Esha Singh, finished sixth with a score of 154.8, as per Olympics.com.
Rhythm Sangwan, 19, finished third in the qualification round with a score of 581 and advanced to the final. Esha Singh made it to the eight-woman 24-shot final after finishing eighth with 579.
Meanwhile, Manu Bhaker, India’s top shooter contesting for ranking points, finished 40th in the 60-shot qualification stage with a score of 570.
Divya TS did not get past the qualification round, finishing 18th with a score of 575.
Sarabjot Singh of India won the qualification stage in the men’s 10m air pistol event with 589, however, he finished fourth in the final with 198.9. Sarabjot Singh won the gold medal at the ISSF World Cup in Bhopal in March.
Arjun Singh Cheema finished 12th in the men’s 10m air pistol category, while Shiv Narwal, Ujjawal Malik, and Varun Tomar finished 17th, 41st, and 52nd, respectively.
For the shooting World Cup in Baku, the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) has adopted the Tokyo 2020 Olympics format. The semi-final stage has been removed from the current tournament. The competition only has one round of qualification, from which the top eight go to the final.
The Baku meet is the penultimate stage of the ISSF World Cup for rifle and pistol shooters. The final stage will be place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, prior to the ISSF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, in November.
India has fielded a 34-man team for the ISSF World Cup Baku 2023. The event will conclude on May 14th.