Guadalajara, March 13: Seems like India can’t get enough of grabbing the gold medal in the International Shooting Sport Federation taking place in Mexico. Making India proud at each and every event of sports gest, the country has stunned everyone with its electrifying performances.
Yet clinching another gold in the country’s pocket, Akhil Sheoran conquered the Men’s 50m Rifle 3-Position final to bag India’s fourth gold medal at the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Saturday.
The young talent, a 22-year-old, who was participating in his first World Cup, was fourth after the kneeling position and rose to second at the end of prone. He then fired two 10.8s to take the lead in the elimination phase in standing position and went on take the gold with a total of 455.6, a good 3.6 points ahead of silver winner Austria’s Bernhard Pickl. Istvan Peni won Bronze with 442.3.
Sheoran’s gold once again highlighted the progress made by India’s young brigade as he joined first-timers Shahzar Rizvi, Manu Bhaker and Mehuli Ghosh in finishing at the top of the podium.
Manu Bhaker had also qualified in fourth place for the Women’s 25m Pistol Final, shooting a score of 581. She, however, finished fifth in the finals. Anna Korakaki, the reigning Olympic Champion in the event, took the gold.