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The 19-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary, who represented the country in the Tokyo Olympics, won the gold medal in the first World Cup of the year. He defeated Germany’s Michael Swald 16-6 in the final of the 10m air pistol at the ISSF World Cup in Egypt. Russia’s Artem Chernausov won the bronze medal. However, the Ukraine-Russia war also showed the effect of the scoreboard and the Russian flag was not shown.
Actually Russia has invaded Russia on 24 February. Which is being opposed all over the world. At the same time, various sports organizations and players are also openly opposing the invasion of Russia. The International Olympic Association has also banned Russia.
Saurabh was third in the qualification round
Asian champion Saurabh finished third in the 10m air pistol qualification round. He reached the semi-finals with 585 points. At the same time, topped the semi-finals with 38 points and made it to the final. He had a poor start in the final and finished last among four players for 6 rounds. He returned to the top after the 9th round.
India’s 34-member squad is participating in the World Cup
Apart from Saurabh, none of the shooters has made it to the finals. Saurabh got the country the first gold in this World Cup. 500 players from 60 countries are participating in this World Cup, which will be held from 26 February to 8 March. A 34-member team from India is participating.