ISSF Junior World Cup: Sarabjot Singh wins gold in men’s 10m air pistol

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New Delhi: Indian shooter Sarabjot Singh clinched a gold in the men’s 10m air pistol at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany on Thursday.

He shot a total of 239.6 to bag the country’s ninth yellow metal.

After six days of top-class shooting, India remained on top of the medal standings with nine gold, nine silver and four bronze for a total of 22 medals.

China, who are giving India a stiff fight, are lying second with seven gold, seven silver and six bronze for a total of 20 medals.

Sarabjot, who had earlier in the year struck gold in the same event at the Asian Championships in Taoyuan, was the only Indian to qualify for the final with a score of 575, finishing fifth in the qualification round.

In the eight-man final, which followed, 17-year-old Sarabjit had a sedate start. He was initially third and fourth before picking up pace from the seventh shot of the 24-shot final.

He had stiff competition from his Chinese opponents as he shot a mediocre 8.4 in his 19th shot, which narrowed down his lead.

Sarabjot, however, finished strong to win by almost two points in the end. China won the silver and bronze medals.

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