The 15-year-old young “shooting star” of India, Saurabh Chaudhary has scored himself another international gold medal as he topped at the ISSF World Championships in Changwon on Thursday to become junior World Champion in shooting.
Soon after becoming the 2018 Asian Games gold champion, India’s junior shooting champ Saurabh Chaudhary, went a step ahead and won the 10m Air Pistol Junior gold at the ISSF Shooting World Championship in Changwon today. Qualifying on third position for the final round of the shooting event, Saurabh missed the perfect 10 mark but he ended up breaking the record with little difficulty, ending with a score of 245.5. With a final score of 245.5 in junior men’s 10m air pistol event, Chaudhary broke his Junior World Record of 243.7 that he had recorded in June.
His Korean counterpart Hojin Lim was the first qualifier for final round, but he ended up with a final score of 243.1 to take home the silver medal. Whereas another Indian shooter, Arjun Singh Cheema, won the bronze in the event with a score of 218. Besides the two medals in individual shooting, the Indian shooting team comprising of Chaudhary, Cheema and Anmol Jain also won a silver medal with an aggregate score of 1730 in the team event of ISSF Shooting World Championship; and Korean team scored a total of 1732 to secure a gold.
Other Indians in fray, Om Prakash Mitharval (579), who won gold in 50m pistol event on Tuesday and Shahzar Rizvi (576) finished 18th and 30th respectively. While India didn’t have much luck with senior and female shooters, the day ended with an overall total of 14 medals which includes four gold, six silver and four bronze. With the tally of medals, India is on third position in medals tally, right behind Korea and Russia.