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Defending world champion Rudranksh Patil on Friday won a bronze medal in the men’s 10m air rifle event at the ongoing International Shooting Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Bhopal. Meanwhile, China continued to dominate the championship. For the second day in a row, China continued its golden campaign by winning two gold medals. Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Sheng Lihao won the gold in the 10m air rifle while compatriot Huang finished first in the women’s section. Huang won a double gold medal at the Cairo World Championships.
On the third day of the competition, the Chinese team is at number one with five gold, one silver and two bronze medals. India has one gold, one silver and three bronze medals at number two. It is not easy to play consecutive matches in a tournament like the World Cup, but Rudraksh showed how talented he is. When it looked like he might not win a medal, he ensured a medal. He was not even close to a medal in the third series of 25 shots among eight shooters but in the fourth series of five shots he shot the highest score of 53.5 to bring himself into medal contention.
Tough competition in qualification
Rudranksh shot 631.0 in the qualification to finish fourth. At one point he was leading the way. The three Chinese qualifiers Sheng, Du Linshu and Yu Haonan were in the top three spots by the 20th shot. Rudraksh was trailing Yu by 0.8 before the fifth set. He overtook Yu for fourth place in the series with 52.6. This is Rudraksh’s second medal in two days and fourth overall in the ISSF World Cup. Rudranksh shot 262.3 while the first two places Sheng and Du shot 264.2 and 263.3 respectively.
fourth place for ramita
In the women’s 10m air rifle, Ramita shot 632.3 to finish second in qualification among 52 shooters. China and the US had two each in the top eight, besides one each from Romania, Israel, Kazakhstan and hosts India. China’s Huang won the gold, America’s Mary Tucker the silver and Kazakhstan’s Alexandra won the bronze.