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ISSF World Cup: Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary settle for silver in 10m air pistol mixed team event

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Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary

OSIJEK (Croatia), June 26: Continuing their impressive run, the Indian duo of Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker clinched the silver medal in the 10m air pistol mixed team event at the ISSF Shooting World Cup on Saturday.


Already assured of a silver, the Indian duo was on par with Russia’s Vitalina Batsarashkina and Artem Chernousov at 12-12 before losing the last two series to go down 12-16.
Representing the other Indian team in the same event, Yashaswini Singh Deswal and Abhishek Verma missed out on a bronze medal.
Deswal and Verma, who qualified in the third place, were completely outplayed by Iran’s Golnoush Sebghatollahi and Javad Foroughi, losing 7-17 in the bronze play-off.
It was a bad day in the office for the Indian rifle shooters, competing in the 10m air mixed event.
Both teams failed to reach the final. The pairing of Elavenil Valarivan and Divyansh Singh Panwar managed to reach the second qualification round, finishing sixth with a total of 416.1.
The duo of Anjum Moudgil and Deepak Kumar failed to clear the first qualifying round. They finished a disappointing 15th with a total 624.6.
Chaudhary and Bhaker’s silver takes India’s medal count to three. Both shooters have already won a bronze each.
While Chaudhary had picked a bronze medal in men’s 10m air pistol on the opening day, Bhaker alongside Deswal and Rahi Sarnobat had won the bronze in the 10m air pistol women’s team event.
Russia currently leads the medal tally with three golds as many silver and one bronze.
The event is Indian shooting team’s final competitive outing before the Tokyo Olympics.
Archery World Cup: Abhishek Verma wins compound individual gold, opens tally for India
Star compound archer Abhishek Verma stunned American heavyweight Kris Schaff in a shoot-off to bag a gold medal at the Archery World Cup Stage 3 here on Saturday.
In a neck-and-neck final clash, the duo dropped just two points each to be locked 148-all after the regulation five ends.
The world number five Schaff started the shoot-off with a nine and Verma, showing nerve of steel, clinched the contest in style with a perfect 10 to open India’s account.
It was Verma’s second individual World Cup gold medal. The 32-year-old Indian last won an individual medal in 2015 at World Cup Stage 3 in Wroclaw.
“That’s archery, it’s all about hits and misses. My heart beat went up so I just calmed myself down and kept my focus on the next arrow,” Verma said about the intense finish.
Earlier Verma defeated Anton Bulaev of Russia 146-138 to make his first World Cup final since Salt Lake City 2018 where he had finished with a silver.
Starting off with 29, the Indian trailed by one point with Bulaev shooting three perfect 10s.
But Verma bounced back strongly with another 29 in the third, before stepping up in the penultimate end with three perfect 10s.
Heading into the final end with a three point lead, Verma finished it off in style with three 10s including one closest to the centre (X).


India are eyeing three more medals in the recurve team, individual and mixed pair event, slated for Sunday with world number three Deepika Kumari aiming for a hat-trick of gold medals. (PTI)

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