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Indian Rifle Shooter Nischal Shines with Silver at Rio World Cup Debut

Indian Rifle Shooter Nischal Shines with Silver at Rio World Cup Debut

Written by Sanjay Kumar

In a remarkable debut performance at the ISSF World Cup in Rio De Janeiro, young Indian rifle shooter Nischal secured a well-deserved silver medal in the Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event. Nischal’s achievement is particularly impressive as this was her first appearance in a senior World Cup competition.

The final showdown saw Nischal competing fiercely against Norwegian sharpshooter Jeanette Hegg Duestad, who has an impressive record in international shooting, including being the reigning Air Rifle European Champion and 300m 3P World Champion. Duestad had a total of 12 ISSF World Cup medals to her name, including five gold medals, and she also competed in the Tokyo Olympics.

Nischal’s remarkable journey to the silver medal began in the elimination rounds, where a total of 73 shooters participated, and she advanced to the qualification with a solid score of 587 in relay one. Her compatriots, Anjum Moudgil and Ayushi Podder, also secured their spots in the qualification rounds in relay two.

During the qualification rounds, Nischal displayed exceptional form, scoring a remarkable 592, including a perfect 200 in the prone position, breaking the previous national record held by Anjum Moudgil. However, despite her strong performance, Anjum finished 10th and narrowly missed out on a spot in the final.

The final featured a highly competitive field, including world champion Wanru Miao of China and other accomplished shooters. Nischal remained composed and gave a tough competition to Duestad throughout the 45-shot final. Despite her valiant efforts, Duestad secured the gold with a score of 461.5, leaving Nischal with a well-deserved silver medal.

Reflecting on her achievement, Nischal said, “It is my first world cup final, and I have a medal, so I am very happy for that.”

The Indian contingent at the Rio World Cup had a successful outing, securing one gold and one silver medal. Elavenil Valarivan had earlier clinched the Women’s 10m Air Rifle gold. Gurpreet Singh also competed in the Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event but finished 15th.

In addition to Nischal’s outstanding performance, other Indian shooters like Rahi Sarnobat and Chain Singh narrowly missed out on finals by the slimmest of margins earlier in the week. Overall, India’s seventh-place standing in the World Cup standings showcases the nation’s growing prowess in the sport of shooting.

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