ISSF World Cup Bhopal: India win two mixed team medals on Day 2, but China sweep gold | More sports News – Times of India

BHOPAL: India followed up Sarabjot Singh’s opening day individual gold medal with a silver and a bronze in the mixed team events on Thursday at the ISSF World Cup here at the MP State Shooting Academy.
The pair of Varun Tomar and Rhythm Sangwan made it to the gold-medal match of the 10m air pistol mixed team event but had to settle for the silver against China’s Wei Qian and reigning men’s air pistol world champion Jinyao Liu 17-11.
This was also Varun’s second medal of the competition. He won the bronze medal in the men’s air pistol on Wednesday.
In the air rifle mixed team event, India’s world champion Rudrannksh Patil and his partner Narmada Nithin Raju qualified for the bronze-medal match, where they defeated their Chinese opponents Qiongyue Zhang and Haonan Yu comfortably with a 16-8 margin.


The rifle gold was won by China’s Yuting Huang and Lihao Sheng, who cruised through to win the gold-medal match 16-2 against Hungary’s Eszter Denes and Istavan Peni.
Patil and Narmada ended up third in qualification with a combined score of 632.0, while the pistol duo of Rhythm and Tomar were second on the list of qualifiers in their event with a total of 581.
“There was pressure obviously, but we enjoyed it,” said Narmada. “I was not score-oriented, just focused on what I had to do.”
Patil echoed that philosophy.
“Our focus was on just ourselves and trying to believe in ourselves. Because of that, we won the bronze medal,” said the world champion.
China may not have brought its ‘A’ squad to the ISSF World Cup here but their pistol shooters made up for the gold medal they were denied by Sarabjot on the opening day of the competition.
Sarabjot had blanked Azerbaijan’s Ruslan Lunev in the men’s air pistol gold-medal match 16-0 on Wednesday to win his maiden senior international medal.


Rhythm and Tomar were behind by eight points at one stage, but Tomar led a late comeback by the Indians to bridge the gap to four points and make it 15-11. However, Qian and Liu managed to thwart it on the next shot to confirm China’s second gold of the day.
“We try to put our best foot forward. Of course, gold would have been great but we are happy that we could manage the silver medal. We will try to do better next time,” said Rhythm.
About the battle with shooting rivals China, Rhythm said: “We are fighting with ourselves, not fighting with anybody else. We just try to improve.”


The bronze in 10m air pistol mixed team was won by China’s Li Xue and Hu Pengqi, as they swept the German pair of Doreen Vennekamp and Matthias Holderried 16-0.
After two days of competition, China leads the medals tally with 3 gold medals and 2 bronze, followed by India who have 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals.

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