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Anjum Moudgil Becomes Only Woman Air Rifle Shooter To Qualify For ISSF World Cup Final

Anjum Moudgil
Anjum Moudgil, Tokyo Olympics quota holders, qualified for the women’s 10m air rifle finals on the opening day of the ISSF World Cup. 

The 27-year-old, Anjum, qualified for the women’s 10m air rifle final. She finished after aggregating 629.6 over six series of 60 shots to finish in second place.

Also, The Chandigarh-based shooter became the only Indian shooter in women’s air rifle to qualify for the final scheduled on 20 March. The first place with a score of 629.8 was claimed by Hungary’s Denes Eszter. 

In 2018, the air rifle shooter, with a silver medal at the World Championships, won the 10m women’s air rifle quota for India. She bagged India’s biggest shooting medal in the last three years with her win and the Olympic quota too.

 “It was not only that I was shooting well, but I was shooting well in an international competition after a long time. I was feeling good”, addressing her achievement, Anjum Moudgil said.

Reportedly, Air rifle coach Deepali Deshpande expressed her views on Anjum’s performance and said, “She has maintained her performance throughout 2019, though nothing spectacular but she was there among the top shooters in 10m air rifle. She is a seasoned shooter and she has this ability to work under pressure”. 

However, Elavenil Valarivan, World number one in the sport, finished at 12th place after managing to score 626.7. Apurvi Chandela, also a Tokyo Games quota holder, had claimed 26th place after shooting 622.8 in an unsuccessful qualifying outing here.