Olympians Elavenil Valarivan and Divyansh Singh Panwar won a silver medal in the 10m air rifle mixed team event at the FISU World University Games 2023 in Chengdu, the People’s Republic of China, on Wednesday.
The Indian shooters topped the two qualification rounds with scores of 635.3 and 421.3, respectively. They took an early lead in the final against China’s Yu Zhang and Song Buhan. However, after levelling the scores at 7-7, the Chinese pair stepped up to win the match 17-13. The USA beat Iran 16-8 to claim bronze.
Later in the day, Bhavani Bhagavathi Yadav claimed a bronze in the women’s long jump for India’s first medal in athletics in Chengdu.
The 24-year-old Bhavani Bhagavathi Yadav was out of the top five for the most part but produced her best attempt of 6.32m on her sixth and final try to seal a bronze medal.
“I am finding it hard to express my feelings because it is my first international event,” Bhavani said. “I rose from eighth place to (win) the bronze medal. My performance was not up to the mark but I have got a medal and it’s for my country.”
Poland’s Nikola Horowska claimed gold with a personal best of 6.60m while her compatriot Magdalena Bokun logged 6.41m to clinch silver.
The two medals on Wednesday took India’s tally in the FISU World University Games 2023 to 23 medals – 11 gold, five silver and seven bronze. As many as 14 medals – eight gold, four silver and two bronze – were won by India’s shooting contingent.
Close to 230 Indian athletes are competing at the Chengdu meet. The World University Games, which is held biennially, is one of the largest multi-sport events in the world. It will conclude on August 8.
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