Apurvi Chandela Attains World Number One Ranking In The Women’s 10 Metre Air Rifle

New Delhi: In a big success stories, Indian shooting ace Apurvi Chandela attained the world number one position in the women’s 10m air rifle event while compatriot Anjum Moudgil rose to number two after consistent performances in recent years.

The rifle ace from Jaipur is among the five Indian shooters to have already secured 2020 Olympics quotas for the country.

Chandela shot a world record score of 252.9 to clinch gold at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in February. She is a gold medallist at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Game and a bronze winner in the next edition at Gold Coast.


World’s Best 400m Runners To Face-Off In Their First Big Test Of The Season When They Compete At The World Relays

New Delhi: The world’s best 400m runners will face-off in their first big test of the season when they compete at the World Relays on May 11-12 at Yokohama, Japan. There is everything at stake here: the top eight finishers will automatically qualify for the 2020 Olympics while the top-10 will earn a place in the World Athletics Championships at Doha from September 27 to October 6.

Both the Indian men’s and women’s teams are in Japan for a 15-day training camp before the event.

The national 4x400 teams flew straight to Japan from Doha after participating in the Asian Championships that concluded last Wednesday. At the Asian Championships, both teams had finished second, but the men’s team was disqualified for a track infraction.


Shooting Federation Recommends Pistol Ace Sidhu And Shooter Ankur Mittal For Rajeev Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

New Delhi: The national shooting federation recommended pistol ace Heena Sidhu and trap shooter Ankur Mittal for the Rajeev Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the country’s highest sporting honour. Anjum Moudgil (rifle), Shahzar Rizvi (pistol) and Om Prakash Mitharwal (pistol) have been nominated for the Arjuna Awards.

The first Indian pistol shooter to reach number one in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) world rankings, the 29-year-old Sidhu is a multiple gold medallist at the World Cup, Commonwealth Games, Commonwealth and Asian Championships.

She also held the world record in the 10 metre air pistol event with a final score of 203.8.


India Wraps Up Their Campaign At Asian Wrestling Championships On A Resounding Note With 16 Medals

New Delhi: India wrapped up their campaign at the Asian Wrestling Championships on a resounding note with 16 medals after Greco-Roman grapplers added a silver and a bronze on the concluding day in Xi’an on Sunday.

Harpreet Singh settled for a silver in 82kg while Gyanender won a bronze in 60kg on the final day of competitions.

India’s overall tally of 16 medals included eight -- one gold, three silver and four bronze -- won by men’s freestyle wrestlers, four bronze by women and three silver and one bronze by Greco-Roman wrestlers.


Shooter Abhishek Verma Wins Fifth Olympic Quota For India

New Delhi: Leading the final from beginning to end, Abhishek Verma secured India's fifth Olympic quota place in shooting, winning the 10m air pistol Gold medal at the ISSF World Cup here on Saturday.

Shooting in his maiden International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup final, the lawyer-turned-shooter led the field throughout the men's 10m air pistol event to clinch the top spot with a total score of 242.7.

Russia's Artem Chernousov took Silver with a total of 240.4 points in the eight-man final. Korea's Seungwoo Han finished with a Bronze after shooting 220.0 in the final.