Saurabh Chaudhary sets junior record, wins gold in shooting World Cup

India 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary set a new world record in the 10m air pistol event at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany. Saurabh shot a total of 243.7 in the 10m air pistol event and won a gold medal in the ongoing International Shooting Sports Federation tournament.

Saurabh, who earned the eighth gold medal for India in the prestigious meet, ended the eight-man final with a score of 243.7 after 24 shots, 4.1 points clear of Korean shooter Lim Hojin (239.6), who won the silver. Chinese Wang Zhehao walked away with the bronze medal with a total score of 218.7.

The junior world record prior to this was 242.5 by Chinese shooter Wang Zhehao at the first ISSF Junior Wold Cup of the year in Sydney. The other Indian in the final, Anmol Jain, fell short of the podium, finishing fourth with 199.6. In the women’s 25m pistol final, Manu Baker was fifth with 19 hits and Devanshi Rana was eighth with five.

The trio of Saurabh, Anmol, and Abhishek Arya stood first in the 10m air pistol team event with a combined score of 1730, while the team of Arjun Singh Cheema, Gaurav Rana, and Udhayveer Sidhu were third.

In December last year, Saurabh qualified for the Youth Olympics Games with a gold medal and a junior world record at Asia Youth Olympics Games qualification. He had shot 243.1 in the final then.

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