Elavenil Valarivan of India won gold in the women’s 10m air rifle event at the ISSF World Cup Rio. Throughout the 24 shots in the final, the child never shot below 10.1, demonstrating her exceptional form.
She won the final with a score of 252.2, beating off France’s 20-year-old prodigy Oceanne Muller, who took silver with a score of 251.9. Zhang Jiale of China won bronze. Elavenil Valarivan qualified for the final in eighth place with a score of 630.5.
Muller received the highest score of 633.7. Among the finals were two Chinese shooters, Zhang Jiale and Zhang Yu (both Olympians), as well as reigning European champion Jeanette Hegg Duestad of Norway.
However, India was disappointed in the men’s 10m air rifle event, with Sandeep Singh finishing 14th with a qualifying score of 628.2. Elavenil and Sandeep finished sixth in the 10m air rifle mixed team event on Friday with a total score of 629.1.
Israel took the fourth and last medal-round position in the 42-team tournament, finishing 0.5 point ahead of the Indian duo. While Elavenil shot 314.8, Sandeep shot 314.3 as the Indians fell just short of a bronze medal.
Israel finally won bronze, while Germany took gold and Hungary took silver. A 16-member Indian team competed in seven Olympic events at the Rio World Cup. Italy leads the medal count with two golds, while India is tied for third with Armenia.
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