India’s Rudrankksh Balasaheb Patil won the bronze medal in the 10-meter air rifle competition at the ISSF Bhopal Shooting World Cup. Rudrankksh told after the match that it was such a final when his hands were trembling and his heartbeat had also increased a lot. Meanwhile, he tried to keep himself very calm and focused on the game to clinch his second bronze medal at the Madhya Pradesh State Shooting Academy on Friday.
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Rudrankksh started off slowly in the ranking match after finishing fourth among the top eight qualifiers with a score of 631.0. But gradually he picked up the pace. He shot consistently to erase the deficit of 0.8 in the fifth series of five shots. After that, he breaks into the top three. Earlier, it was dominated by the Chinese trio of Sheng Lihao, Du Linshu, and Yu Haonan (261.7). In the final, Rudrankksh put on a masterclass display. He scored a total of 262.3 points to finish in third place and win the bronze medal. It was Patil’s second medal of the ISSF Bhopal Shooting World Cup. He claimed a bronze along with R Narmada Raju in the mixed team air rifle event on Thursday.
Meanwhile, in the 10-meter air rifle competition final, India’s Hriday Hazarika scored 208.7 to finish at sixth place. Apart from this, China’s Sheng Lihao won the gold and Du Linshu won the silver medal. With this, India’s medal count in the ISSF Bhopal Shooting World Cup has increased to 4. These include 1 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze medals. India’s only gold came from air pistol shooter Sarabjot Singh on the opening day of the ISSF Bhopal Shooting World Cup on Wednesday. After that, India is now in the second position on the medals tally.
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After the qualifying round of 10m Air Rifle Women, the final will start at 12.30 PM. Apart from this, 25m Pistol Women’s qualification rounds will also happen. A total of 52 players will participate in these rounds. About 10 Indian players will be involved in this.