It was a glorious beginning for India at the opening day of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup as pistol shooters Heena Sindhu and Jitu Rai won the gold in the 10m air pistol mixed team event at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Ranges in New Delhi today. Both shooters shot 483.4 to clinch the first spot at the podium.
In the five teams final, France won the silver (481.1) followed by China, which won the bronze medal (418.2).
Sidhu, a Commonwealth Games gold-medalist and Rai, also a Commonwealth Games and Asian Games gold-winner, won their third gold in the mixed team event. The event was held for the first time at an ISSF World Cup.
The mixed team competitions were organised as test events in the World Cups held earlier this year and will be making their Olympic debut in the Tokyo 2020 Games.
At the end of the first series of five shots, the Indian pair was at the third spot with France leading the competition, followed by China. The position remained the same even after the second series, however, Heena and Rai climbed up the positions in the third series, taking second position behind France.
After that, it was battle between India and France. India had an edge over France in the subsequent series. India’s score was 424.4 while France’s was 421.6.In the last deciding six shots, Heena and Rai remained focused to win the first gold of the day.