Para shooter Singhraj wins World Cup gold


New Delhi, March 21

India’s Singhraj won gold in the P1 men’s 10m air pistol SH1 category at the World Shooting Para Sport World Cup in Al Ain, UAE.

Singhraj, a Sydney 2019 World Championships medallist, pipped the 2016 Rio Paralympics bronze medallist Server Ibragimov by 2.8 points. The final score read 236.8 to 234.

After the penultimate series, Ibragimov was leading by 0.1 of a point. In the final series, the Indian shot a 9.9 and 10.4, while the Uzbekistan shooter managed 9.5 and 7.9 to settle for the silver.

Turkey’s former Paralympics champion Muharrem Korhan Yamac took the bronze with 214.4 points.

World Championships medallist Manish Narwal, who had qualified in second place, had to settle for fourth place with 194.3 points.

Singhraj’s gold pushed India to the third place in the medals table with one gold, one bronze. Ukraine (3 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze) and hosts UAE (2 gold) are 1-2.

“I am very happy to win this gold after such a long time. I was very confident to get a good result here as I had trained very hard during the Covid-19 lockdown,” said Singhraj. “My first international was here in 2018, but I missed out the gold. In 2019 also, I had to settle for the silver. I want to continue this momentum and get a good result in Tokyo 2020.” — PTI



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