Both the Indian women’s and men’s 10m air rifle teams reached the medal round of their respective events on the third day of the ISSF competition. The world Cup rifle / pistol / shotgun in Baku, Azerbaijan on Monday.
The women actually made it to the gold medal match against Denmark on Tuesday, performing better than the men, while the men will face off for the bronze shot against Croatia on the same day.
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Former world number one Elevenil Valarivan, Ramita and Shreya Agarwal topped the first qualifying stage one of the 10m air rifle women’s event with a combined effort of 944.4 on 90-shots between 17 rival teams. They then advanced to the second round behind Denmark to make the title round. After all three team members hit 20-shots, the trio scored Denmark’s 629.2 from 628.6.
In the 10m Air Rifle Team Men event, the Indian trio of Rudranksh Balasaheb Patil, Dhanush Srikanth and Parth Makhija finished third in the qualification stage two and advanced to the bronze medal match. All three teams finished second behind Austria in the first round to advance to the top-eight.
Earlier in the 10m air rifle mixed team event, the pair of Shreya and Rudranksh and Elavanil and Parth could not go further. The former finished 14th in the qualification with a score of 625.6 while the latter scored 623.5 to reach the 24th position.
India has fielded a 12-member rifle team in this World Cup.