India on Wednesday clinched seven medals, including three gold, to climb to the top of the ISSF Junior World Cup standings in Suhl, Germany.
After Rudraksha Patil and Abhinav Shaw managed to get the ball rolling with the men’s 12-in-10m air rifle, it was the athletes’ turn to fire with the pistol.
India won two more gold and silver medals in the men’s and women’s 10m air pistol events.
Romita also won a silver medal in the women’s 10m air rifle; In the end, India got three gold and four silver out of 12 awards on Thursday.
Shiv Narwal and Sarabjot Singh began India’s pistol dominance in the final, with the former losing after 1612.
The pair never really looked terrible throughout the day, finishing first and third in qualifying and 12th in the top eight and setting up a title clash.
Then it was the turn of Palak and Manu Bhaker to dominate the female pistol.
Contrary to the previous pattern, while Palak took the lead in qualifying, Manu finished last and eighth in qualifying with a top 10 score of 565. She then finished second with a score of 250.6 against Palak’s 248.1.
However, it was finally a wink day, and to his credit, he played a confident first ISSF Final with 179 results on his side. France claimed the day’s gold medal as youth defending world champion Osen Müller won the women’s air rifle 10m, while hosts Germany, Moldova, Poland and Uzbekistan were the medalists.
There are eight more medal days on the schedule and four more finals slated for Thursday, all in India’s favour, including medley jump events and competitions.