ISSF World Championships 2023: Mehuli Ghosh secures Paris Olympic quota, wins bronze in women’s 10m Air Rifle
The women’s team won gold after scoring 2.2 points more than China.
The Indian contingent had a mixed outing on the third day of the ongoing ISSF World Championships 2023 in Baku, Azerbaijan. While the men’s 10m Air Rifle side gave a disappointing start to the day, the women’s side picked up an important gold medal and more importantly secured a first Olympics quota place in the ongoing World Championships.
Divyansh Panwar, Aishwary Pratap disappoint
The pressure of playing against the bests of the world got to the in-form troika of Hriday Hazarika, Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar and Divyansh Singh Panwar. Aishwary started off well and stayed on course to qualify for the finals until he crumbled under the pressure in the final round, shooting a below-par 102.8 to finish with 627.3 points as the second best-placed Indian.
Divyansh (627.5) struggled to breach the 105 mark, managing it only once in five rounds, and Hriday (623.6) had a very dismal outing with a couple of 103s and a 102 in the final three rounds. Indian men’s team combined to finish with 1878.4 points as the 10th-best team on the circuit.
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Women’s team, Mehuli Ghosh save the day
Mehuli Ghosh won herself a bronze medal and India a Paris Olympics 2024 quota place by finishing in the top three in the finals of the 10m Air Rifle event. Mehuli had a 105+ score in all of her five rounds in the qualification round, thus finishing at the top of the qualification period with a score of 634.5 points.
Prodigy Tilottama Sen made the country proud by qualifying for the finals after scoring 631.3 points. Ramita fell 0.7 points short of qualifying for the finals, finishing in the 11th position with 630.1 points.
The women’s team, thus combined to score 1895.9 points, 2.2 points more than China, to win the gold medal in the 10m Air Rifle team event. With the gold of the women’s team and Mehuli Ghosh’s bronze, India now has two gold and two bronze medals at the ISSF World Championships 2023.