Hyderabad: Indian shooters clinched five gold medals at the recently concluded ISSF World Cup (Rifle/pistol) at Rio De Janeiro on Tuesday. India finished on top of the medal standings with an overall medal count of nine which included five gold, two silver and two bronze.
The Indian shooters did a marvellous job on the final day of the World Cup by clinching four medals.
The 10m air pistol mixed team competition saw a close competition among two Indian teams as Manu Bhaker and Chaudhary Saurabh won gold whereas Yashaswini Singh Deswal and Abhishek Verma had to settle for silver.
Moving on to the 10m air rifle mixed team category, Apurvi Chandela and Deepak Kumar won gold as the duo of Anjum Moudgil, and Divyansh Singh Panwar won bronze.
Indian Women shooters also dominated the world rankings in 10m air rifle category as Apurvi Chandela stood first, Anjum Moudgil second and Elavenil Valarivan third.
India also created history as it stood first on the medal standings in the senior and junior World Cup this year.
India was on top of the table at the Junior World Cup held at Germany in July 2019 with 24 medals which include 10 gold, nine silver and five bronze.
India topped the table at the World cup held at China in April 2019 with four medals which include 3 gold and one bronze. India also finished first in the World Cup held at New Delhi on February 2019 with 3 Gold medals.
India finished on top of the table at the World Cup held at Munich, Germany on May 2019 with 5 gold and one silver.
I'm eagerly awaiting to honour India pride the shooting team who performed extraordinarily at the @ISSF_Shooting World Cup in Rio. India will be sending a very strong contingent of shooters at @Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/H96zTtw16K
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) September 3, 2019
Union youth affairs and sports minister of India, Kiren Rijiju, took to Twitter to congratulate the Indian shooting team on their tremendous performance by saying, “I'm eagerly awaiting to honour India pride the shooting team who performed extraordinarily at the @ISSF_ Shooting World Cup at Rio. India will be sending a here strong contingent of shooters at @Tokyo2020 (sic)."