ISSF Junior World Championships: India win four gold medals on day 3, move to top of medal tally

India bagged four gold medals on Saturday at the ongoing International Shooting Sports Federation Junior World Championship, held in Lima, Peru 19-year-old Olympian Manu Bhaker, who won gold in her event on Friday, added two more gold medals to her tally.

Pairing with Sarabjot Singh in the 10m air pistol mixed team event, she defeated another Indian pair Sikha Narwal and Naveen 16-12 in the gold medal match.

Previously, both the Indian pair finished in the top two in the qualification round. Partnering with Rhythm Sangwan and Sikha Narwal, Manu also won the gold in the 10m air pistol women’s team event. Sarabjot Singh picked up his second gold of the day as the troika of him, Naveen and Shiva Narwal defeated Belarus in the gold medal match of the 10m air pistol men’s team event.

The trio of Srikanth Dhanush, Rajpreet Singh and Paarth Makhija finished in the pole position in the 10m air rifle men’s team event and secured India’s 4th gold of the day. In the final, they took down a strong USA team, who had reigning Olympics champion William Shaner, Rylan Kissel and John Blanton by a margin of 16-6.

India grabbed another two silver medals on the day. The Pair of Rajpreet Singh and Atmika Gupta lost their finals in the 10m air rifle event to USA’s William Shanyer and Mary Carolyn Tucker. In a very close final, the Indian duo went down 15-17 to their US opponents. India bagged their third silver of the day in the Junior Women’s team final. Tamika Gupta, Zeena Khitta and Nisha Kanwar lost a nail-biting final match against Hungary by a margin of 0.1.

With a great performance from both the pistol and rifle shooters, India is currently leading the medal tally at the ongoing International Shooting Sports Federation Junior World Championship with six gold, six silver and two bronze medals with a total of 14 medals.

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