The ISSF shooting tournament for juniors took place at the Shooting Centre in Suhl, Germany and Indian youngsters bagged 14 medals across the five days of the event. The gold rush by the Indian shooters is a positive sign for the Country’s Sports Board who have been facing the heat for a few disappointing performances in international events.
Indian Shooter Shivam Shukla was single-handedly responsible for achieving five medals including three golds and two silvers. On day four, he triumphed in the Junior men’s 25m pistol. In addition Shivam helped India gain a silver in the team event alongside Arjun Das and Simarjit Singh, who finished second with a score of 1676 only 19 behind the winners, France.
The day also played witness to the women’s 25m pistol team bagging the bronze with a total of 1719 behind Russia and Korea, with the former being the victor. Another Indian, Akhil Sheoran, narrowly missed out on the gold after finishing tied with his Swiss counterpart Christoph Duerr at 454.3 but lost the shootout by 0.4 points.
On the final day of the shooting event promising skeet shooter Anantjeet Singh Naruka held his own in a quality six-man final to win a bronze medal on the final day of the ISSF Junior Cup tournament in Suhl, Germany. The other event on the final day saw Italian teammates Luca Miotto and Francesco Idone take the amber and silver medals respectively in the junior men’s trap shooting. Eemil Perttisalo of Finland won the bronze.