New Delhi, May 11: India cruised to a 1-2 victory in the men’s 10m air rifle competition at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany, after Rudrankksh Balasaheb Patil won gold and Abhinav Shaw silver in a hard-fought decider for the title with 17-13 in favor of the first.
The Indian duo shot consistently well throughout Wednesday morning, first crossing the eight-man final stage elimination hurdle and then putting on a show in the gold medal showdown.
Earlier on Tuesday, the first day of competition, Rudrankksh had also topped the qualifying stage with 627.5 points, leading three Indians into the top eight stage. Paarth Makhija accompanied the duo, holding on to his fifth qualifying position in the final standings.
But Wednesday morning belonged to Rudrankksh, who dominated all three stages of the competition over two days of filming. In the final, it was Abhinav who started stronger in the early stages, going up 4-2 after the first three shots.
However, Rudrankksh quickly recovered and passed his compatriot, keeping his nose forward until the end to seal victory. Germnay’s Nils Palberg won the bronze.
In the junior women’s 10m air rifle, India’s Ramita, after topping qualifying on Tuesday with a solid 630.5, also came through elimination from the final stage with a score of 261.0. In the end, however, she settled for silver, falling 8-16 to France’s Oceanne Muller, the reigning junior world champion and Tokyo Olympics finalist, in the gold medal match.
Currently, India also tops the medal tally with one gold and two silver medals.