The graph of Indian shooters has been fluctuating ever since the ISSF Championships commenced in Granada, Spain. Day 4 of the tournament was moderately successful, but no medal or Olympic quota could be bagged by Indian women shooters. The remarkable story of the day was the performance of a pioneer in Women’s shooting for India, Anjali Bhagwat
Return of Anjali Bhagwat to the World Stage
Olympian and multiple-Commonwealth gold medalist Anjali Bhagwat finished at the 27th position in the Women’s 50m Rifle 3 position event with 196 in Kneeling, 189 in Prone and 188 in Standing and her final score was 573. Anjali Bhagwat’s performance is remarkable as she is making a comeback after a very long time and the fact that her scores are close to her fellow Indian indicate that she can still shoot well and is not here on past reputation. There was a time when Anjali was on a lonely path breaking journey as India’s only women shooter , but today she has a lot of company and she can be justly proud for showing the way to this new generation of Indian shooting.
Anjali’s compatriot, Lajja Gauswami finished 21st and could not qualify for the next round. She scored 195, 196 and 186 in the Kneeling, Prone and Standing rounds respectively, and put together a total of 577.
Beate Gauss of Germany topped the event with an impressive 587, with the sequences 195, 198 and 194 for the three positions.
In Relay 2 of the women’s 50m Rifle 3 position event, the top Indian athlete was Tejaswini Muley at the 36th place who came up with the sequences of 188, 190 and 181 in Kneeling, Prone and Standing respectively. Her final scorecard read 559. Croatian shooter Snjezana Pejcic finished at the top spot with 586, with 197, 196 and 193 in the three rounds.
The Indian trio performed better as a team and settled for the 19th place in the team event and put up a total of 1709 . The German team grabbed the top spot in this event with 587 for Gauss, 582 for Barbara Engleder and 581 for Eva Roesken which brought their team score to 1750.