Indian pistol shooter Muskan Bhanwala has clinched gold at the ISSF Junior World Cup, thus extending India’s individual gold medal tally to four in the penultimate event. This is the first ISSF medal for the junior shooter.

India’s shooters are knocking down some of the world’s best juniors in their respective fields at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney, Australia, Indian Express reported.

Muskan bagged the gold medal in the Women’s 25m Pistol event.  The 16-year-old had finished fourth at last year’s Junior World Cup in Suhl

Muskan reached the sixth round after a tough batele and at the end scored a perfect 5-hit series. She overpowered her counterpart, China’s Qin Sihang (16).

Muskan successfully defended that lead, taking gold with 35 hits. Meanwhile, Qin finished with 34 and had to settle for the silver medal. This is Quin’s first ISSF medal too.

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Another Indian finalist, and popularly known as India’s golden girl, Manu Bhaker, finished in fourth place with 18 hits, surviving a shoot-off at the end of the sixth series against Zhu Siying of China.

On the other hand, Thailand’s 16-year-old Kanyakorn Hirunphoem took home the bronze medal. She is competing in her sixth World Cup. The Thai shooter — silver medalist in the Air Pistol event four days ago — finished with 26 hits and clinched her second medal in Sydney.

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The team gold went to Bhaker, Muskan and Devanshi Rana, while locals Gaur, Mahima Turhi Agrawal and Tanu Rawal secured silver. Thailand’s Hirunphoem, Viramon Kidarn and Luxciga Srinitivoravong came third to take the bronze medal.

India now ranks second in the medals tally at the ISSF World Cup with a total of 22 medals – nine golds, five silvers and eight bronze. China is at the top spot.

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