China and India pocket Mixed Team gold medals in Guadalajara

ISSF World Cup Rifle / Pistol / Shotgun · Guadalajara, MEX

Xu Hong and Chen Keduo climbed atop the podium in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event, while Manu Bhaker and Om Prakash Mitharval secured the brightest medal in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team.

An incredible performance signed by People’s Republic of China’s Xu Hong and Chen Keduo marked the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team final, the event that opened the third competition day at the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara (MEX).


The two Chinese athletes grabbed the lead at the end of the very first series, scoring 105.2 points and maintaining the top position all along the match. Furthermore, they kept nailing amazing scores, eventually besting the World Record set at last month’s European Championship in Gyor (HUN): Xu and Chen, in fact, finished with 502.0 points, 3.7 points more than the previous mark.


The podium was then completed by Romania and India.


Laura-Georgeta Coman won her second World Cup medal in two days, teaming up with Alin George Moldoveanu and securing silver with 498.4 points. While taking 3rd place with 435.1 points — just 0.7-point away from Coman and Moldoveanu at the 42nd-shot mark — India’s Mehuli Ghosh and Deepak Kumar added another bronze to their country’s medal count.


Ghosh and Kumar bested their teammates Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar, who placed just outside of the podium with 392.6 points, after entering the final with the highest qualification score.


Sun Ting and Mao Chenwei of the People’s Republic of China finished in 5th place with 348.9 points.


In the following 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team final, India pocketed its third World Cup gold in Guadalajara.


Once again it was 16-year-old sensation Manu Bhaker who shined, teaming up with Om Prakash Mitharval and overtaking their German rivals in the final phase of the match. The Indian team took gold with 476.1 points, 0.9 points ahead of Sandra and Christian Reitz, who claimed silver for Germany with 475.2.


The bronze medal went to France’s Celine Goberville and Florian Fouquet, who placed 3rd with 415.1 points, while India’s second team — composed by Mahima Turhi Agrawal and Shahzar Rizvi — followed in 4th position with 372.4.


Just like in the previous final, two Chinese shooter took 5th place, as Chen Yan and Zhang Hao totalled 323.8 points.


The ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara (MEX) will continue tomorrow with the Trap Men final, scheduled at 4:30 pm (UTC-6:00).


The final will be streamed live on the ISSF website, on the Federation’s Livestream channel, on its official Facebook page and on the Olympic Channel.


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

Marco Vettoretti