Sun, 28 Mar 2021

India's good run at the ISSF World Cup continues with Vijayveer Sidhu's silver in men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event.

After 26 hits each in the final, the duo were tied for the top spot, which led to a shoot-off. The shoot-off was not particularly pleasing for the Indian, who managed just one out of five shots. The calm and composed Estonian managed to shoot four and win the Gold medal for his nation. Oskar Miliwek of Poland won the bronze with 20 hits.

The Sports Authority of India's twitter handle shared: "#VijayveerSidhu wins a 🥈 in men’s 25m rapid fire pistol at the @ISSF_Shooting World Cup after a tightly contested final. Many Congratulations! 👏👏."

The other Indians in the final of the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event were not far behind. Anish Bhanwala and Gurpreet Singh stood at 5th and 6th spots respectively. 

The qualification was a different story. Gurpreet Singh was the best-placed Indian (at third place) there, with a score of 581, with a score of 290 in the first stage and 291 in the second. Anish Bhanwala was in fifth place, with a total score of 579. Sidhu also sneaked in at sixth place, the final qualifying slot, with the same score.

Marko Carrillo of Peru had topped the qualifications with a score of 582. He was followed by the eventual Gold medalist Peeter Olesk. Oskar Milliwek, who eventually earned the Bronze medal, stood fourth in the qualifications.

The hosts went on to win the mixed team 50m rifle 3 position event as Rajput and Tejaswini defeated the Ukrainian team of Serhiy Kulish and Anna Ilina 31-29 in the Gold medal-winning the competition. In the same event, the Indian duo of Sunidhi Chauhan and Aishwary Tomar went on to win the Bronze medal after a 31-15 victory over the US duo of Timothy Sherry and Virginia Thrasher in the medal deciding contest.

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