Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar became just the fourth Indian man to win gold in the men's 50m rifle 3 positions event at the New Delhi World Cup on Wednesday. At 20, Tomar is the youngest Indian ever to win gold in this event.
India then scripted a historic 1-2-3 finish in the women's 25m pistol event as Chinki Yadav, Rahi Sarnobat and Manu Bhaker won gold, silver and bronze respectively.
Chinki, Sarnobat and Bhaker have all already won a quota for the Tokyo Olympics. While Chinki and Sarnobat had won a quota in th 25m pistol event, Bhaker had won a quota in the 10m air pistol event.
The final saw an extremely tight finish as Chinki needed a shoot off to pip the more experienced Sarnobat, who has now won more medals in this event at the World Cup over her career. Chinki managed to hit four of five targets in the shoot off, one more than Sarnobat, after both of them had ended with a score of 32. Bhaker scored 28 to finish behind them. This is Bhaker's fourth medal at this World Cup. She had previously won two golds and a silver at this year's edition.
Chinki and Sarnobat are the only two Indian woman to win a gold in this event at a World Cup.
Tomar had previously bagged India's 13th Olympic quota for the Tokyo Olympics in shooting with a bronze in the men's 50m rifle 3 positions event at the 14th Asian Championship in Doha in 2019.
India are currently top of the medal standings with nine golds, four silvers and five bronzes. This is the first time that India has won more than five golds at a single edition of the World Cup.
Tomar, shot 462.5 in the eight-man final to finish ahead of silver medalist Istvan Peni (461.6) of Hungary, who's ranked fifth in the world and Denmark's Steffen Olsen (450.9) at the Dr. Karni Singh shooting range. Tomar comfortably made the final of the event with a score of 1165 in the 120-shot qualification round, where he finished fifth.
Olsen led for most of the final with Tomar in second place before the young Indian overtook him at the end after the Dane's scores started to dip below 10 regularly.
India's Sanjeev Rajput topped the qualification round with a score of 1172, while Niraj Kumar also qualified in eight place for the final after scoring 1165.
Veteran Rajput, who has also earned an Olympic quota in the same event, finished sixth in the final with a score of 413.3. Niraj finished eighth after shooting a tally of 400.3.
In the 25m pistol event, Sarnobat topped the qualification round with a score of 581, while Chinki (580) and Bhaker (576) finished second and fourth respectively.
Tomar is trained by Suma Shirur. Hailing from an agricultural family in Ratanpur village in Madhya Pradesh's Khargone district, Tomar was first spotted by coaches during a camp in Bhopal in 2015. He broke through following a string of strong performances at the junior level. In July 2019, Tomar had shot down the men's rifle 3 positions junior world record on his way to winning gold, helping India top the medals tally at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany.
He carried on that form, winning at the junior level in Asia and then beating the likes of Sanjeev Rajput in domestic competitions to stake a claim for selection in the senior team.