India’s Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary clinched silver in the 10 metres air pistol mixed team event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Osijek, Croatia yesterday. The pair lost 12-16 to Russia’s Vitalina Batsarashkina and Artem Chernousov who won the gold medal.
In a thrilling contest, Chaudhary and Manu fought back from 6-12 to make it 12 all. With this silver medal in the mixed team event, India now has three medals, two of them being bronze. Russia is leading the field with seven medals, including three gold. Chaudhary and Manu had topped the field in the first qualifying round, shooting 587 out of 600 after 60 shots (30 shots each team member). Today, Manu and Rahi Sarnobat will be seen in action in the women’s 25m pistol event. Sanjeev Rajput and Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar will compete in the men’s 50m rifle event.