Pistol shooter Heena Sidhu showed stellar performance at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Rife/Pistol stage at Gabala, Azerbaijan, where she teamed up with another ace shooter Jitu Rai and clinched gold in the 10m mixed team air pistol event. They beat Russia 7-6 in the finals on Monday (June 12).
The pair is on a roll, winning medals frequently. Earlier this year, they also won gold at the ISSF World Cup held in New Delhi. The mixed team air pistol event is one of the new events added for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
France took the bronze home by knocking out Iran by an identical score.
On Sunday (June 11), on Day 4 of the competition at the Gabala World Cup Jitu and Heena had almost missed their positions in the final of the individual Men’s and Women’s 10m Air Pistol event, when they finished 12th and 9th in their respective qualification rounds. Only the top eight get selected to the final.
A total of 430 athletes from 45 countries are gathered here at Gabala World Cup for their quest to win medals. But for Rifle and Pistol shooters, this is the last chance to get qualified for the year-end’s big tournament — the ISSF World Cup Finals (WCF). Eight best shooters of the world have already been selected in each Olympic discipline along with reigning Olympic and World Championship medalists and wild-cards squaring-off with each other.
India is represented by a 23-member Rifle and Pistol squad comprising 12 women and 11 men in the team.
Kudos to the duo!
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