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Indian shooters create two world records in one event at Para Shooting World Cup

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404   //    09 Nov 2017, 20:24 IST

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What's the story?

In quite a unique and unprecedented feat, two of India's shooters participating in the Bangkok 2017 World Shooting Para Sport World Cup clinched a gold and silver medal in the same event, while also breaking two world records - the senior and the junior records.

Participating in the P1 10m air pistol men SH1 category, Deepender Singh clinched the gold medal with a world record score of 238.3. Following him in second place was Manish Narwal, who finished with a scored of 236.6, which is a junior world record.

The next shooter in line, bronze medalist Marco de la Rosa of the United States was behind the pack as he scored 211.0.

In case you didn't know

The World Cup is taking place in Bangkok, Thailand for the second time in a row. It began on Wednesday and offers a chance to shooters to earn quota places for the 2018 World Championships in Korea.

The heart of the matter

Deepender started the final in the best manner possible, scoring five 10s in his first series -- 10.4, 10.6, 10.2, 10.4 and 10.3. He had a near-flawless second series well, hitting four 10s and one 9.3, to take a lead of more than five points and finish the round at 103.0.

However, his shots were inconsistent in the elimination round but he did enough to hold on to first place. In his next 14 shots, he scored five scores of 10 or above, but it was sufficient to make a world record finish.

Narwal, who had a score of 97.8 after the first 10 shots, did well in the elimination round and scored a couple of 10s in the last round as well.


Author's take

It is a truly incredible feat by both shooters as they made the nation proud with their record-breaking performance.

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