Om Prakash Mitharwal picked up his maiden gold medal in ISSF World Cup
Indian shooter Om Prakash Mitharwal picked up his maiden gold medal on the ISSF World Cup, completing on the top in the 50m pistol event here today. The 23-year-old, who won bronze medals in the 10m air pistol and the 50m pistol events in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast earlier this year, shot a score of 564.
In the junior section, the duo of Asian Games gold-medallist Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhidnya Patil brought India the 10m air pistol mixed team bronze.
The two medals have helped the country surpass the previous best haul of six medals achieved in Zagreb 12 years ago.
Mitharwal edged out Serbia’s Damir Mikec (562), who won silver, while the bronze medal went to local favourite Daemyung Lee (560). The seasoned Jitu Rai, who won a silver medal in the 2014 edition of the tournament, finished a disappointing 17th with a below-par score of 552.
The World Cup is the first qualifying tournament for the 2020 Olympics but since the 50m pistol event is no longer a part of the Games roster, there were no quota places to be sealed.
First gold at an ISSF World Cup
Om Prakash Mitharval claimed his first individual gold medal at an ISSF World Cup, a gold in the 50-metre event in Changwon, South Korea. Here’s what you need to know about the shooting star:
Age: 23 years
From: Sikar, Rajasthan
Employment: Havildar in Indian Army