Teen stars Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary staged a remarkable comeback to claim the mixed 10m air pistol gold, providing a fitting finale to India’s unprecedented dominance of the medal tally in the ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol stage here.
Representing the other Indian team in the same event, Yashaswini Deswal and Abhishek Verma won the silver as the country picked up the maximum possible medals on the final day of the tournament.
The results ensured an unprecedented top finish for India across all four ISSF World Cup stages this year, including the lone Junior World Cup. India’s final tally stood at five gold, two silver and two bronze medals for a total of nine. No other country won more than one gold medal here.
Manu and Saurabh, both 17, have now won each of the four ISSF Mixed Team Air Pistol World Cup golds this year. They were, at various stages of the final, down 3-9, then 7-13 and then finally 9-15 before winning the next four duels straight to stage a remarkable come-from-behind win.