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24.10.2017

Final 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team

India’s Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu take historic Gold in New Delhi

ISSF World Cup Final Rifle / Pistol / Shotgun · New Delhi, IND

The two Pistol shooters climbed atop the podium at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range, ruling the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team event and besting France and the People’s Republic of China, who respectively took Silver and Bronze.

The ISSF World Cup Final in New Delhi (IND) immediately crowned the home team, as Heena Sidhu and Jitu Rai climbed atop the podium in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team, becoming the first two of athletes to claim the ISSF crystal globes in this specific event.

 

Despite starting off with a 2.5-point disadvantage from the lead after the first series of five shots, Sidhu and Rai gradually closed the gap on France’s Florian Fouquet (24) and Celine Goberville (31), tying the score at 343.1 after 34 shots, and building a consistent gap with the following and decisive series.

 

30-year-old Rai and 28-year-old Sidhu finished with 483.4 points and the Gold medal around their neck, while their French rivals secured Silver with 481.1.

 

“It feels great to win here in front of our people, even if this puts a little extra-pressure on us,” said Sidhu at the end of the medal ceremony. “There were high expectations on us and a lot of eyes were looking at me and Jitu for this final, that’s why we trained a lot together in the last days.”

 

“We like this format, it’s a bit longer than the other ones we tried, but we like definitely like it,” added Rai, who previously won two medals during the ISSF World Cup Stage 1 that took place in New Delhi last February and March.

 

The Bronze medal was awarded to Yang Wei (32) and Cai Xiaoxue (25) of the People’s Republic of China, who failed to match the pace set by India and France, firmly holding 3rd place and finishing 3rd with 418.2 total points.

 

Pavlo Korostylov (19) and Yulia Korostylova (33) of Ukraine left the match after 34 total shots, taking 5th place with 333.2 points. Four shots later, it was Chinese Taipei’s 23-year-old Kuo Kuan-Ting and 21-year-old Yu Ai Wen who were eliminated, as they finished with 373.0 points and took 4th place.

 

For complete results of the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team final click here.

 

The ISSF World Cup Final in New Delhi (IND) will continue today with the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team final, scheduled at 1:00 pm (UTC+5:30), and the Trap Mixed Team final, scheduled at 3:00 pm.

 

Live results of the competition, news and updates will be available on www.issf-sports.org and on all ISSF social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Weibo and Youku.

 

Marco Vettoretti