Young pistol shooters Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary teamed up to clinch India’s second gold at the ongoing ISSF World Cup in Beijing on Thursday. Manu and Saurabh comprehensively defeated 16-6 Chinese pair Jiang Ranxin and Pang Wei in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team event, which was held in the new format wherein top two teams clashed for the gold.
The Indian duo won the first six series and dominated the final before China managed to open their account. Manu and Saurabh had qualified for the final at the fifth spot with 482 points. However, they were in dominant form in the final.
The pair of Bhaker and Chaudhary had won the gold in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team event at the ISSF World Cup held in February in New Delhi. Bhaker had a disappointing Wednesday in Beijing as she had failed to qualify for the 10m Air Pistol women’s final. However, she buried the disappointment to shine in the mixed team event alongside Saurabh.
Heena Sidhu and Rizvi Shahzar finished the qualification round with 479 points at the 12th spot and had failed to qualify for the final.
Earlier, Anjum Moudgil and Divyaansh Singh Panwar opened India’s gold medal tally, beating Ruxuan Liu and Haoran Yang of China in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed team event.
The score was tied at the end of the final at 15-15, but the Indian team came out on top 17-15 in the sudden death shoot-off. Yulia Karimova and Grigorii Shamakov from Russia settled for bronze.
Just like Bhaker and Chaudhary, Moudgil and Panwar defeated a Chinese pair in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team final.
However, Moudgil and Panwar were made to work hard by the Chinese duo. The India duo were trailing 13-11 before coming back from behind to take the gold medal with a score of 17-15.