Indian shooters win three gold medals in Junior World Cup

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Indian shooters won seven medals, including three golds, on the opening day of the ISSF Junior World Cup for pistol, rifle and shotgun in Gabala on Sunday.

Subhankar Pramanik gave India their first gold in the year's second and final Junior World Cup.

The Bengal shooter delivered his best ever performance at the international level to shoot a score of 613.8, qualifying in sixth position for the eight-man final in the 50-metre rifle prone event.

In the final, Subhankar shot 205.5 over 20 shots to edge out Filip Nepejchal of the Czech Republic, who managed 205.2 to settle for the silver. The bronze went to Dragomir Iordache of Roumania.

Subhankar, along with teammates Fateh Singh Dhillon and Ajaey Nithish, also helped the Indian team win silver in the team event.

Sambhaji Patil bagged India's second gold when he won the junior men's 25-metre standard pistol event by shooting 562 to easily beat Australians Sergei Evglevski and James Ashmore.

Sambhaji also added the team gold in the event along with compatriots Gurmeet and Rituraj Singh to take India atop the medal tally, adding to the silver won in the junior men's team rifle prone and two bronze medals.

In the year's first Junior World Cup in May in Suhl, Germany, the Indians had finished fourth with an overall tally of three gold, four silver and three bronze medals.