India’s Elavenil Valarivan has clinched gold in the women’s 10m Air Rifle event at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney. The 18-year-old set a new world record with this feat on Thursday (March 22).

Valariven beat Chinese Taipei’s Lin Ying-Shin to win the gold. Chinese shooter Wang Zeru, 18, settled for the bronze with 228.4 points.

Broke fellow Indian’s record

Valarivan broke the previous record held by fellow Indian shooter Mehuli Ghosh. This was her first participation in the finals. The teen knocked out shooters from Chinese Taipei and China and claimed gold with 249.8 points.

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In the junior men’s Air Rifle, Arjun Babuta won bronze. He finished behind Yuqi Liu of China and Zalan Pekler of Hungary.

Valarivan has set a new Qualification World Record with 631.4 points.

Second time lucky

This is the second time the teenager has competed in the ISSF event. She came 28th in last year’s Junior World Championship in Suhl.

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Meanwhile, India’s other finalists, Shreya Agrawal and Zeena Khitta, finished sixth and seventh, respectively.

India also shone at the FISU World Shooting Sport Championship last week. The tournament was a major success for India (3 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze). The shooters ensured India finished third on the medals tally among 24 teams. The top two spots went to Italy and Korea. Valarivan also won a bronze medal in the FISU championship.

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On the way back from the tour, the shooters were stuck at the Kuala Lumpur airport due to poor logistical arrangement.

In reply, the Sports Minister, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore wrote:

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