Shooting World Cup: Saurabh Chaudhary bagged the first senior gold with a world record score of 245.0 in the 10m air pistol event at the ISSF Shooting World Cup in New Delhi. Chaudhary has been in ominous form and continues to bring glory to the nation. He defeated Serbia’s Damir Mikec en route to bagging the top position. With this top performance, Saurabh has also booked himself a spot in the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He first won the Youth Olympics gold, then followed it up with an Asian Games gold to going on to clinch the Junior World Championship gold. Also Read - Paris Shooting: Gunman Open Fires Outside Vaccination Centre, One Dead
Now, a Senior World Cup gold that seals an Olympic quota. And, to go with it, a World Record.
He is surely emerging as a strength to reckon with in the world of shooting.
Saurabh was the frontrunner from the start. After the first five shots, he was joint-top with Serbia’s Damir Mikec.
After 10 shots, Saurabh went clear on top with 102.2 points while Mikec was second with 99.6 shots.
China Wei Pang settled for bronze while Mekic survived to grab the silver medal.
“He would come to the rifle club at around six in the morning and would clean the venue before training. Sometimes, temperatures would touch more than 47 degrees inside the sheds but he will train till noon and often get late for lunch. And then he would continue shooting. There were many other shooters but he never hesitated in cleaning the floor. Aur ab is tarah medal jeet raha hai ki jhadoo hi laga raha hai international competitions main medals ka,” shared his coach Amit Sheoran ahead of the event.