Rizvi's silver opens India's account

India's Shahzar Rizvi with his silver medal in the 10m air pistol event at the ISSF World Cup in Changwon, South Korea on Tuesday. PTI

Shahzar Rizvi clinched India's first medal at the ongoing ISSF World Cup here, winning a silver in the 10m air pistol event on Tuesday.

Rizvi, who had won the gold medal in his first appearance in the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico in March, fell short by just 0.2 points this time. He bagged the silver medal in an exciting contest, scoring 239.8.

Russia’s Artem Chernousov clinched the gold medal with a final score of 240 while the bronze went to Bulgaria’s Samuil Donkov who shot a total score of 217.1.

After the Indian shooters drew a blank on the first two days, the onus was on Rizvi and the Commonwealth Games medallists Jitu Rai and Om Prakash Mitharval to end the country's medal drought.

Rizvi qualified for the final as the sixth best shooter with a score of 582.

However, both Mitharval and Rai failed to make it to the final round.

While Mitharval finished 11th with a score of 581, Rai was further behind on the 38th spot with a disappointing score of 575.

 

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