India dominates the day: takes two golds, sets two Junior World Records

ISSF Junior World Cup Rifle / Pistol / Shotgun · Suhl, GER

Manu Bhaker ruled the 10m Air Pistol Women Junior final, while her teammates Elavenil Valarivan and Divyansh Singh Panwar climbed atop the podium in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Junior event. In both matches, India also set a new Junior World Record. Mataj Rampula of the Czech Republic won gold in the opening event of the day: the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men Junior.

In the second-to-last competition day in Suhl (GER) three more events were contested: India pocketed two gold medals, while the Czech Republic climbed on the 1st step of the podium for the second time in the Junior World Cup.


25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men Junior


The 2017 Junior European Champion in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men event, Matej Rampula of the Czech Republic, made his second appearance in an ISSF Junior World Cup, securing the gold medal with a perfect 5-hit last series.


With only one round left to fire, the Czech 18-year-old were tied at 25 with his Chinese opponent, 20-year-old Zhang Jueming, who closed his match with a 3-hit series and eventually finished in 2nd position.


Rampula signed off with 30 total hits, while Zhang — who took bronze at this year’s Junior World Cup in Sydney (AUS) — scored 28. The bronze medal was awarded to India’s 15-year-old shooter Anish Anish, gold medalist in Sydney, who placed 3rd with 24 hits.


For the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men Junior complete results click here.


On the team podium, the People’s Republic of China took gold with 1732 points, while Ukraine and Germany placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively scoring 1712 and 1710 points.


10m Air Pistol Women Junior


In the 10m Air Pistol Women Junior event, India’s sensational talent Manu Bhaker dominated the final match, taking gold with 242.5 points, 5.6 points better than her closest rival. Bhaker’s score also sets a new Junior World Record in this event, pairing with the one set by Chaudhary Saurabh in yesterday’s 10m Air Pistol Men Junior final.


It’s the third ISSF individual gold won by Bhaker in 2018: in fact, she placed 1st in Air Pistol at this year’s first World Cup stage in Guadalajara (MEX), then repeating herself at the first ISSF Junior World Cup of the season, in Sydney.


The podium was completed by two Chinese athletes: 18-year-old Lu Kaiman placed 2nd and took silver with 236.9 points — adding it to the bronze she won in Australia — her teammate while Li Xue, also 18-year-old, took bronze with 216.2.


For the 10m Air Pistol Women Junior complete results click here.


The People’s Republic of China also secured the brightest medal by climbing on top of the team podium with 1710 points and setting a new Junior World Record. The silver medal was taken by Italy with 1701, while India placed 3rd with 1694 points.


10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Junior


The Indian Shooting Team sealed an amazing day with its 10th gold medal of the competition, signed by Divyansh Singh Panwar (15) and Elavenil Valarivan (18), who commanded the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Junior since its very first series, eventually finishing atop the podium with the gold medals around their neck and a new World Record in their pocket: the two Indian youngsters, in fact, signed off with 498.6 points, 0.2 points above the previous mark, recorded by Russian Federation’s Tatiana Kharkova and Grigorii Shamakov at the 2018 European Championship in Gyor (HUN).


Germany’s 16-year-old Anna Janssen and 17-year-old Maximilian Ulbrich took silver with 496.6 points, followed by Italy’s 16-year-old Sofia Benetti and 19-year-old Marco Suppini, who won bronze with 428.6.


For the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Junior complete results click here.

Medal standings after 16 out of 22 events

Rank Nation Individual Team Total
Gold Silver Bronze Gold Silver Bronze Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 INDnation flag 4 1 4 6 3 10 1 7 18
2 CHNnation flag 1 5 3 5 2 1 6 7 4 17
3 ITAnation flag 1 1 3 2 3 3 3 4 6 13
4 RUSnation flag 1 1 1 3 2 3 1 6
5 USAnation flag 2 1 1 2 2 4
6 CZEnation flag 1 1 1 2 1 3
7 BLRnation flag 1 1 1 1 2
7 FRAnation flag 1 1 1 1 2
9 ESPnation flag 1 1 1
9 GBRnation flag 1 1 1
9 LATnation flag 1 1 1
12 GERnation flag 1 2 3 3 3 6
13 AUTnation flag 1 1 1 2 1 3
14 UKRnation flag 1 2 1 2 3
15 KORnation flag 1 1 1 1 2
15 TPEnation flag 1 1 1 1 2
17 AUSnation flag 1 1 1
17 NORnation flag 1 1 1
17 SGPnation flag 1 1 1
20 BULnation flag 1 1 2 2
21 SUInation flag 1 1 1
14 14 14 16 16 16 30 30 30 90

The ISSF Junior World Cup 2 in Suhl will conclude tomorrow with the last four final matches: the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team Junior, taking place at 11:00 am (UTC+2:00), the Skeet Women Junior, taking place at 2:00 pm, the Skeet Men Junior, scheduled at 3:00 pm, and the 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men Junior, which will close the competition at 4:15 pm.


The Air Pistol and 3 Positions finals will be streamed live on the ISSF website, on the Federation’s Livestream channel and on its official Facebook page.


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

VIDEO - Final 10m Air Pistol Women Junior


VIDEO - Final 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Junior


Marco Vettoretti