Saurabh Chaudhary’s golden run continues, shoots world record in 10m Air Pistol at Junior World Championship


Saurabh Chaudhary celebrates after winning the men’s 10m air pistol shooting final at the ISSF Shooting World Championship.(AFP)

Changwon, September 6: After becoming the Asian Games champion, Meerut Saurabh Chaudhary went one level up by becoming junior World Champion at the ISSF World Championships in Changwon on Thursday.
Chaudhary, 16, clinched gold in junior men’s 10m air pistol event by breaking his own Junior World record with a final score of 245.5.
His earlier record was 243.7. Although his earlier junior record was also better than the senior men’s record by 0.1 point, his Thursday’s score left the senior record behind by 1.9 point. The senior record of 243.6 points is held by Ukraine shooter Oleh Omelchuck since May this year.
Arjun Cheema shared the podium by clinching bronze with a score of 218.
“I was confident of winning a medal here, especially after my Asian Games gold. I didn’t think of the World record, and my plan was just to shoot well. I am glad I was able to win gold. This is really special,” Saurabh told TOI from Changwon.
His coach, Jaspal Rana said the record is a bigger achievement. “Being his coach, I couldn’t have asked for more. I am really happy with his performance. I feel as a coach, his world record score is bigger than the gold, but as an Indian, the gold holds xequal importance to me,” Rana said.
India also picked up a silver medal in the junior men’s trap team competition with Aman Ali Elahi, Vivaan Kapoor and Manavaditya Singh Rathore shooting a combined score of 348 to finish second behind Australia.
In the senior men’s 10m air pistol event, Asian Games bronze medallist Abhishek Verma made it to the final, but failed to win a medal and an Olympic berth by finishing last in the 8-man final.
In the junior match, Saurabh qualified third by shooting 581, while Arjun was 6th with a score of 577.
In the final, Saurabh dominated the range by shooting higher 10s at his own will. He was placed second after the first five shots, but a series of 10.6, 10.6, 10.9, 9.3 and 10.4 put him in lead with almost 1 point.
Later in the final, he shot some 9s with higher decimals, but also compensated with some big 10s in between to maintain his lead throughout the final.
On the other hand, Arjun shot consistent 10s, but failed to score shots above 10.4, barring one 10.8.
His efforts were enough to bag him the bronze, behind Korea’s Hojin Lim, who shot 243.1. The Korean was 2.4 point Saurabh. (TNN)