Sift Kaur Samra
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India’s young shooter Sift Kaur Samra claimed her second World Cup medal for the second year in a row, while World Championship silver medalist Anjum Moudgil failed to impress in the tournament. Samra won the bronze medal in the 50m Rifle 3 Positions event of the ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup in Bhopal on Sunday. This is his first medal in the individual event in the World Cup. Last year, she won a bronze medal in the 50m rifle 3 positions women’s team event at the World Cup in Changwon, South Korea.
India is now second in the points table with seven medals, while China is on top with a total of 12 medals. Germany is in third place with three medals. China continued to dominate the tournament as Zhang Qiangyuwe won the gold medal in the 50m Rifle 3P. Defending national champion Samra finished third in the ranking round with a score of 403.9. Meanwhile, Zhang shot 414.7 while Czech Republic’s Aneta Brabkova shot 411.3 as both players made it to the title round. In this, Zhang defeated Brabkova 16-8.
All eyes were on Anjum’s performance in the opening round of the 3P event in Air Rifle. But Samra prevailed and shot 588 in the qualification round in all three positions. Anjum shot 583 to finish 17th. Meanwhile, Commonwealth Games gold medalist Anish Bhanwala failed to qualify for the ranking round after a poor show in rapid fire pistol, finishing 11th in qualification with a score of 580.