Junior shooters deliver 2 Gold for India at ISSF World Championships

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Hriday Hazarika clinched the yellow metal after prevailing in a shoot-off against Iran’s Mohammed Amir Nekounam at the prestigious International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) tournament.

Hazarika, the lone Indian to qualify for the men’s final with a score of 627.3, was tied with Iran’s Mohammed Amir Nekounam on 250.1 once the field was pruned to the regulation top eight. But the 17-year-old Indian clinched the yellow metal after prevailing in a shoot-off at the prestigious International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) tournament. The bronze went to Russia’s Grigorii Shamakov, who managed a score of 228.6 in the final.

The women’s 10m air rifle team of Elavenil Valarivan (631), Shreya Agarwal (628.5) and Manini Kaushik (621.2) then produced a sensational performance to total 1880.7 for a gold with a world record to boot. The score by Elavenil, a junior world cup gold-medallist, was also a new junior world record.

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