Gabala (Azerbaijan), Sep 20:
Indian shooter Rushiraj Barot struck gold in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event while the men’s 10m Air Rifle team also finished at the top of the podium at the ongoing ISSF Junior World Cup here on Tuesday.
The 19-year-old Barot, who qualified for the six-man final in fifth position with a score of 556 in qualifying, edged out Lukas Skoumal of the Czech Republic 25-23, to record his first triumph at the Junior World Cup stage.
He had finished ninth in the same event in the first Junior World Cup of the year, held in Suhl, Germany, in May. Sergei Evglevski of Australia took the bronze.
India picked up four more medals on the day other than Barot’s effort, including one more gold, to sit firmly in second place on the medals table with six golds, four silvers and eight bronze medals for a total of 18 medals so far.
Russia are on top of the table with 10 golds for a total of 21 medals.
Earlier in the day, Pratik Borse, Arjun Babuta and Prashant won the team gold in the 10m Air Rifle event with a combined score of 1849.9. The team from Singapore bagged silver logging a total of 1847 while Japan took the bronze with a total score of 1846.8.
Both Arjun and Pratik also qualified for the individual finals where the former finished with the bronze medal. Rising Czech talent Filip Nepejchal, who had also won the senior World Cup Gold in the event in Baku earlier this year, won the gold with his last shot, ahead of Japan’s Atsushi Shimada.
In the men’s 50m Pistol category, Anmol notched up another medal when he teamed up with Nishant Bhardwaj and Arjun Das to grab the team silver medal. Their combined score of 1600 was under team Russia’s gold medal score of 1640.
In the women’s 10m Air Rifle section, Dilreen Gill, Geetaksmi Dixit and Aashi Rastogi helped India bag another team bronze. (IANS)