Rani Sarnobat bags silver as Indians finish with five medals at ISSF Presidents Cup
New Delhi, November 9, 2021
Rahi Sarnobat bagged a silver medal in the 25m pistol event silver as Indians finished with five medals at the ISSF Presidents Cup in Wroclaw, Poland on Tuesday.
The seasoned Rahi Sarnobat was in her element in the final. She shot 3s and 4s consistently to climb from fifth place initially to second after the fifth five-shot series.
She maintained that position from there on and was three points behind the gold-winning German Doreen Veenekamp, going into the 10th and final series. She managed two hits to the German’s one to end with 31 -- just two behind Veenekamp.
Earlier, Manu Bhaker claimed a second gold, partnering Turkey’s Ozgur Varlik in the 25m Rapid Fire pistol Mixed Team competition, which enabled Indians to win five medals in this year-ending event.
Manu had partnered Iran’s Javad Foroughi to clinch the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team title, on day two of competitions.
It was a classy field featuring Rio Olympic champion Anna Korakaki of Greece and Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist Xiao Jiaruixuan of China among others. Manu Bhaker, the second Indian in this field finished sixth with a score of 17.
But Manu was not to be denied on the day, as she came back later to partner Turkey’s Varlik and win the 25m Rapid Fire pistol Mixed Team by a margin of 9-7 over the Chinese/Estonian pair of Xiao and Peeter Olesk.
The Indo-Turkish pair opened up a healthy lead of 6-2 in the early stages but Xiao and Peeter fought back to level the match at 6-6. Manu and Ozgur then went ahead 8-6 before tying the final series at 5-5 to earn the crucial ninth point and seal the deal.
Besides Manu’s two gold medals and Rahi’s silver on the final day, Saurabh Chaudhary also won individual silver and Abhishek Verma, an individual bronze, in the Men’s 10m Air Pistol competition.