Indian shooter Rhythm Sangwan created history at the ISSF Shooting World Cup held in Baku, Azerbaijan by setting a new world record in the 25m pistol event on Saturday.
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The 19-year-old shooter from Haryana recorded a score of 595 in the qualifying round, breaking the previous record of 594 set by Bulgarian shooter Diana Iorgova in May 1994 at a World Cup in Milan. Iorgova’s record was then matched by the Chinese shooter in 2002 before Veenekamp too leveled it at the 2023 ISSF World Cup held at Bhopal in March earlier this year.
However, Sangwan missed all five shots in the first series and was always playing catch-up. She finished eighth in the final with an overall score of 10. On the way to the world record score, Rhythm Sangwan scored 296 in her the Precision stage and followed it up with an even impressive 299 in the Rapid stage to top the qualification stage. Greece’s Anna Korakaki finished a distant second with a score of 588.
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Earlier on Wednesday, Rhythm Sangwan had opened India’s medal tally at the ISSF World Cup Baku by winning a bronze medal in the Women’s 10m Air Pistol event. She will now be in action in women’s 25m pistol final later on Saturday.