Indian shooters win six medals at Jr World Cup

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The Indian junior shooting squad continued its medal-winning spree at the ongoing ISSF Junior World Cup in Azerbaijan, winning one gold, two silver and three bronze medals on Monday to take their overall tally to 13.

After picking up seven medals, including three golds to top the medal table on Sunday, India picked up six more medals on day two of the event to stand second behind Russia in the medal tally.

Yashaswini Singh Deswal, Malaika Goel and Harshada Nithave combined for a total score of 1122 to finish first, winning gold in the junior women's 10m Air Pistol event.

In the individual final, Harshada finished in the fourth place, while Yashaswini and Malaika finished sixth and seventh respectively.

Earlier in the day, the trio of Gaurav Rana, Hemendra Kushwah and Saurabh Chaudhary won a team silver in the Junior Men's 10m Air Pistol event.

Anmol then won an individual silver in the same event, finishing behind Artem Chernousov of Russia in the final.

Anmol was among the three Indians who had qualified for the finals. He had a relatively poor start, but quickly bounced back after shooting a good second and fifth series to finish strongly with a second-place finish and a final round score of 197.5. Chernousov shot 199.7. Evgeniu Borovoi won bronze with a score of 175.8.

The other Indians in the fray, Hemendra Kushwah finished seventh while Gaurav ended his campaign in the eighth position.

Gaayathri Nithyanadam settled for an individual bronze in the junior women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions event with a score of 438.9. She had previously won the team bronze in the event along with Sonika and Aditi Singh.

Dilreen Gill, the other Indian in the final, finished sixth with a score of 406.3.

Three Indians reached the final in the junior women's 10m Air Pistol which had helped them bag the team gold in the event.

In the individual final, at the first elimination point, which is after eight shots, Malaika was lying fourth, Yashaswani fifth and Harshada had a brilliant six-shot series to pull up to fourth position after a poor start.

The last medal of the day was a team bronze, won by the junior men's skeet team comprising Anant Jeet Singh Naruka, Sukhbir Singh Harika and Hamza Sheikh who shot a total of 337 to finish behind the Russian team who won Gold (360) and the Chinese team which won Silver (339).