The shooting world heads to the Chinese city of Putian for the ISSF World Cup finals starting on Tuesday (November 19). For India’s shooters, who have had a really successful season thus far, a good showing at the World Cup finals would be the icing on the cake.
India’s shooting fraternity celebrated a historic 15 of their athletes winning quota places with a solid showing at the Asian Shooting Championships in Qatar last week and many of these shooters will now be competing in Putian.
Apart from having as many as 14 shooters plying their trade in the World Cup finals, the Indian contingent can take pride in knowing that at least one of their shooters will be participating in each shooting discipline in Putian.
The women’s 10m Air Rifle category will be of particular interest to India as four of their shooters will be participating in the event, including top-ranked markswoman Apurvi Chandela. The 26-year-old shooter has a World Cup final silver medal to her name from four years back, but has struggled for form recently and could not make it to the final at the ISSF Rio World Cup and the Asian Championship.
India’s other women’s rifle shooters will be Anjum Moudgil, Mehuli Ghosh and Elavenil Valarivan, all of whom will be making their maiden appearance at the World Cup finals.
In the women’s pistol category, India’s main prospect will be the in-form Manu Bhaker.
The teenager was brilliant at the Asian Championships, winning two gold medals and will now look to keep that good run going in China.
The 17-year-old will be plying her trade in the women’s 10m Air Pistol as well as the women’s 25m Air Pistol category, alongside Rio World Cup gold medallist Yashaswini Deswal and Olympian Rahi Sarnobat respectively.
The men’s field
The men’s 10m Air Pistol will also be a potential medal avenue for India as they boast the first and second-ranked shooters in the world in Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma.
Both shooters have been in sensational form, with Chaudhary winning silver at the Asian Championships while Verma won gold at the Rio World Cup. India’s third participant in that category will be 25-year-old Shahzar Rizvi.
The men’s 50m 3-position Air Rifle event will be another discipline that the Indians will keep a keen eye on, with Sanjeev Rajput and Akhil Sheoran participating in that discipline. In the men’s 10m Air Rifle event, 17-year-old Divyansh Singh Panwar will be India’s sole participant.
Here’s a list of India’s full contingent for the World Cup Finals.
19th November | 50m rifle 3 positions (women): Anjum Moudgil
19th November | 50m rifle 3 positions (men): Akhil Sheoran, Sanjeev Rajput
20th November | 25m rapid fire pistol (men): Anish Bhanwala
20th November | 25m pistol (women): Rahi Sarnobat, Manu Bhaker
21th November | 10m air pistol (women): Yashaswini Singh Deswal, Manu Bhaker
21st November | 10m air rifle (men): Divyansh Singh Panwar
21st November | 10m air pistol (men): Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma, Shahzar Rizvi
21st November | 10m air rifle (women): Anjum Moudgil, Apurvi Chandela, Elavenil Valarivan, Mehuli Ghosh
Where to watch?
The event will be streamed each day on the ISSF YouTube Channel.