Several Indian shooters both in rifle and pistol have reached the final of year-end world cup, scheduled to be held in Putian, China between November 17 and 23.
The tournament is held annually. Best shooters from across the globe compete in each of the eight rifle/ Olympic events.
Anjoum Moudgil and Manu Bhaker are only Indian shooters among the 14 to have qualified for two events.
Anjoum Moudgil made the cut in both women’s 10m air rifle and women’s 25m pistol events.
The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup finals will see the top 14 shooters take on the World Championship medallists and the defending champion in each of the events.
According to an ISSF press release, 35 nations’ athletes qualified in the eight events after “entries for each event have been increased from this year to 18 for each event from 12 earlier”.
All qualified athletes will also be able to take part in the mixed team events in rifle and pistol and get a shot at winning the President’s Trophy.
Teen stars Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary staged a remarkable comeback to claim the mixed 10m air pistol gold, providing a fitting finale to India’s unprecedented dominance of the medal tally in the recently-concluded ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.
The results ensured an unprecedented top finish for India across all four ISSF World Cup stages this year, including the lone junior World Cup. India’s final tally in Rio stood at five gold, two silver and two bronze medals for a total of nine.