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Aishwarya Tomar shoots down junior world record to win gold

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Aishwarya Tomar's gold helped India top the medals tally.

New Delhi: Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar, 18, shot down the Men’s Rifle 3 Positions (3P) junior world record en route to winning gold in the event, on the concluding day of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany.

Aishwarya’s heroics ensured India finished on top of the medal tally with 10 gold, nine silver and five bronze for a total medal count of 24 from the competition.

The youngster from Khargone, Madhya Pradesh, shot a facile 1171 in the grueling 120-shot qualification round where a shooter fires 40-shots each in the kneeling, prone and standing positions. His score was enough for fourth place in a field of 72 where the top eight made it to the medal round.

Facing a top class field in the finals with multiple ISSF medalists and Russian Grigoril Shamakov, the reigning Youth Olympic Games champion in the mix as well, Aishwarya began strong and finished even stronger for a resounding and promising victory.

He led at the end of the first 15-kneeling shots, surrendered it to Hungarian double world championship junior medalist Zalan Pekler at the end next 15-prone position shots and then was first off the blocks in the standing position, generally a difficult transition where India has struggled earlier, to regain the lead after the 35thto never look back.

By the time of the final and 45thshot, he was a clear 3.4 ahead of Pekler and finished with an outstanding 10.4 for a finals junior world record score of 459.3, shattering Czech talent Filip Nepejchal’s mark of 458.7 set in the Beijing world cup earlier this year.

In the process, the youngster also ensured that India topped the medal tally, which a Chinese 1-2 in the event could have jeopardized. China eventually finished second with eight gold and 24 medals in all.

Esha Singh and Gaurav Rana brought further cheer to India in the final event of the competition, the 10M Air Pistol Mixed Team Junior, winning bronze by beating the Chinese pair of Li Xue and Wang Zhehao 16-14 in the bronze medal match-up. Hosts Germany won gold in the event.

India has now topped the medal charts in four of the eight ISSF competitions this year.