NEW DELHI: India shooter Shahzar Rizvi made his maiden ISSF World Cup appearance a memorable one by winning the gold medal in the 10m air pistol event at Guadalajara in Mexico late on Saturday. Rizvi shot a world record score of 242.3 points in the final to beat Christian Reitz of Germany, 239.7 points, to win the top honour.
Ace India shooter Jitu Rai won the bronze in the event with a score of 219 points.
Three Indian shooters have made it to the final of the ISSF World Cup season opener in Mexico. The other Indian shooter Om Prakash Mitharval finished the competition at creditable fourth position with a score of 198.4 points.
This was perhaps the first time that three Indians have entered the medal round of a World Cup.
With a score of 579, Rizvi was the top scorer among the Indians and second in the top-eight qualifiers, while Rai was third with a score of 578. This is the first World Cup for both Rizvi and Mitharval, who was fourth with a score of 576.
Other than the Indians, Rio Games gold medallist in 25m rapid fire event, Reitz, qualified for the medal round top-scoring the qualification round with 588 points.
France’s Florin Fouquet (575), USA’s Nickolaus Mowrer (574), Brazil’s Julio Almeida (574) and Peru’s Marko Carrillo (574) were the other shooters in the final round.
Source : timesofindia