Xtra Time Web Desk: Namyaa Kapoor of Delhi, all 14, stunned the field, including bronze-winning compatriot Manu Bhaker, to be crowned Women’s 25M Handgun World Champion on Monday (October 4) at the shooting range in Las Palmas in Lima. Olympian Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar made it a perfect day for India and then took the gold for the Junior Men’s 50M Rifle 3 Positions to clean up the slate for India in the two medal events that will be held on match day six of the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Junior Championship.
Namyaa got 36 of the 50 goals in the final to finish ahead of silver-winning Frenchwoman Camille Jedrzejewski and Manu, who both finished 33.
Camille and Manu had to be separated by a shoot-off, which lasted four rounds before Camille put Manu in the decider 4-3. This was Manu’s first bronze after three championship golds.
However, the day was owned by Namyaa who qualified for the final in sixth place after two qualifying rounds with a score of 580. Standing behind her “seniors” Manu and Rhythm Sangwan, who finished 1-2 in qualifying with scores of 587 and 586 respectively, there was no stopping her in the final where she missed just three of the first 20 shots to win in the end by a decent margin.
Rhythm finished fourth in the final with eight women.
In the second medal match of the day, the Junior Men’s 50M Rifle 3 Positions, only Aishwary reached the final among the five Indians in the battle. In fact, he even matched the junior world record score of 1185 in qualifying to top the field.
The talented youngster then broke the Junior world record in the final with a score of 463.4, finishing almost seven full points ahead of second-placed Frenchman Lucas Kryzs, who won silver with a score of 456.5. Gavin Barnick of the USA won bronze with 446.6.
Among the other Indians in the field was Sanskar Havelia 11ewith 1160, Pankaj Mukheja 15ewith 1157, Sartaj Tiwana 16ewith 1157 and Gurman Singh finished 22ndwith a score of 1153.
With the addition of three medals, including two gold, India has now expanded its lead at the top of the medal tally with eight gold, six silver and three bronze medals.