Indian shooter Shahzar Rizvi sets world record, bags gold at World Cup

6th Mar 2018
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Indian shooters Shahzar Rizvi and Mehuli Ghosh win gold and bronze respectively in their maiden appearances at ISSF World Cup in Mexico.

Shahzar Rizvi delivered an excellent performance in his first International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup, and bagged a gold medal in the men’s 10m air pistol event with a world record score.

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Shahzar, 24, participated in his first senior world cup, where he shot a score of 242.3 in the final, beating Rio Olympics gold medalist Christian Reitz, to bag gold. He beat the record score of 241.8, set last October by legendary Japanese shooter Tomoyuki Matsuda.

Christian, who was a champion in the Rio Olympics Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol, shot a score of 239.7 and bagged the silver. Jitu , a veteran shooter, scored 219 in the 24-shot final and bagged a bronze medal. The fourth position was also bagged by an Indian shooter, 23-year-old Om Prakash Mitharval, with a score of 198.4.

In the top eight qualifiers, Shahzar scored 579, and was the best scorer among the Indians and second overall. He was second to Christian, who scored 588 after 60-shots. Jitu, who scored 578, was the third highest scorer while Om scored 576 to bag the fourth position.

It was an incredible day for Indian shooters at the ISSF World Cup Series held in Guadalajara, Mexico. Three Indian shooters performed excellently- Shahzar and Jitu won gold and bronze respectively in the men’s 10m air pistol event, and 17-year-old Mehuli Ghosh won bronze in women’s 10m air rifle event.

Like Shahzar, Mehuli made her debut in this World Cup, and surprisingly created a record too. She won a bronze in the women’s 10m air rifle with a junior world record score of 228.4.

A total of 33 shooters, who will participate in 15 events, were sent by India to the world cup series in Mexico.

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