ISSF World Cup 2019 Day 1 Highlights : Apurvi Chandel Smashes World Record To Win Women's 10m Air Rifle Gold

| February 23 , 2019 , 17:22 IST

Apuri Chandel Broke World Record To Register India's First Gold Medal At The ISSF World Cup 2019 On Saturday. The 26-years-old shooter shot 252.9 in a thrilling 10m Women Air Rifle finale to bag the yellow metal on Day 1 of the tournament at Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi.

Chandela first shot went 10.1. After the first two series of five shots, she was at the 7th and 8th position. But as the game progressed, she gained the momentum to stay on top.

Addressing the Press Conference, Apurvi said, “I do not usually plan my scoring like that. I think, at the start, my positioning was a little off. So, I tweaked my settings a bit, which eventually bore the result.”

Whereas, In the final round, Chandela was engaged in a neck-and-neck battle with China’s Zhao Ruozhu, who had earlier broken the World Record by scoring 634 points. But in the final two-shot series, Chandela shot a 10.6 and a 10.8 to win the top prize, while Ruozhu had to settle for silver.

Chandela recalled the Munich World Cup last year when she dropped from the top position to finish 4th. “In Munich World Cup, I was leading and then I dropped down."

"It was a freak show, it wasn’t a malfunction. It was my error. But I am glad, I was able to move past that because such things can play in your mind. I think I beat myself in that way,” she added.

“When I got the quota, my aim was not the quota, it was to improve my technique. So today, I was focusing on the same thing,” said Chandela, who was the only Indian shooter to qualify for the 10m Women Air Rifle final. She finished at the 4th spot in the Qualification round with 629.3

“All the youngsters coming up is great for the sport because it pushes me to work harder. It keeps me motivated,” Chandela said.

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Earlier in the day, Mehuli Ghosh, who participated as MQS in the event, required Minimum Qualification Score to continue participation in future ISSF events, topped the Qualification Relay 1 with 631 points, scoring higher than both Chandela and Moudgil.