Final 25m Pistol Women Junior

16-year-old Muskan Muskan bags India’s fourth individual gold in Sydney

ISSF Junior World Cup Rifle / Pistol / Shotgun · Sydney, AUS

The Indian youngster bested People’s Republic of China’s Qin Sihang and Thailand’s Kanyakorn Hirunphoem, who respectively took silver and bronze in the 25m Pistol Women Junior final, the second-to-last event of the ISSF Junior World Cup.

The final competition day at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney (AUS) opened with another gold awarded to the Indian National Team, as Muskan Muskan secured the brightest medal in the 25m Pistol Women Junior event.


The 16-year-old shooter — who placed 4th at last year’s ISSF Junior World Championship in Suhl (GER) — took the lead at the end of the sixth round, when she nailed a perfect 5-hit series and found herself sitting on a 3-point advantage over her closest rival, People’s Republic of China’s Qin Sihang (16).


Muskan successfully defended that lead throughout the rest of the final, taking gold with 35 hits, while Qin finished with 34 and the silver medal around her neck. It’s the first ISSF medal for both the Indian and the Chinese junior shooter.


The bronze medal was awarded to Thailand’s 16-year-old Kanyakorn Hirunphoem, currently ranked 62nd in the world in this event and bearing a six-start World Cup experience. The Thai shooter — silver medalist in the Air Pistol event four days ago — finished with 26 hits and pocketed her second medal in Sydney.


A second Indian finalist — 16-year-old Manu Bhaker — placed in 4th position with 18 hits, surviving a shoot-off at the end of the sixth series against Zhu Siying (16) of the People’s Republic of China. Zhu then took 6th place with 12 hits, while her teammate Xiao Jiaruixuan (15) placed 5th with 14 hits, in spite of a 2-point penalty given to her for early loading.


Finally, two first-time participants — India’s 18-year-old Arunima Gaur and People’s Republic of China’s Li Xue — respectively took 7th place with 8 hits and 8th place with 7.


The top of the team podium was taken by India’s Bhaker, Muskan and Devanshi Rana, while their country-mates Gaur, Mahima Turhi Agrawal and Tanu Rawal secured silver. Thailand’s Hirunphoem, Viramon Kidarn and Luxciga Srinitivoravong placed 3rd.


The ISSF season will resume next month with the ISSF World Cup Stage 2, taking place in Changwon (KOR) from April 20th to April 30th.


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


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.



RESULTS - 25m Pistol Women Junior

1. MUSKAN Muskan

2. QIN Sihang

3. HIRUNPHOEM Kanyakorn


VIDEO - Final 25m Pistol Women Junior


Marco Vettoretti