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Abhishek Verma puts India on top, Sanjeev Rajput wins for record fourth time

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New Delhi: In the end, it seemed inevitable. That one among Abhishek Verma or Saurabh Chaudhary would win the Men’s 10m Air Pistol Gold at the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Rifle/Pistol in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

It was the elder of the pair Abhishek this time, with a flawless 244.2 in the finals as the 17-year old Saurabh settled for bronze for a change-his sixth ISSF world cup medal of the year and only his first bronze to go with a phenomenal five golds.

The signs were there early when the dynamic duo, who have now won between them all the four ISSF world cup gold medals on offer in the year, shot scores of 584 and 582 to qualify fourth and fifth for the eight-man final.

Seasoned rifle shooter and one of India’s best-ever Men’s 3P (50m Rifle 3 Positions) exponent Sanjeev Rajput, brought India its eighth Tokyo 2020 Olympic quota place, missing out dramatically on the gold and eventually settling for silver, at the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Rifle/Pistol stage in Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic Shooting range in Brazil.

Another veteran shooter Peter Gorsa of Croatia won gold and the second available Tokyo berth when after going into the 45thand final shot of the eight-man final a stiff 1.1 points behind the Indian, champion’s luck favoured him as Sanjeev shot a surprising 8.8 to miss the brightest metal by a mere 0.2.