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Shooting: Hriday Hazarika wins gold in 10 m Air Rifle

Hazarika, the lone Indian to qualify for the final with a score of 627.3, was tied with Iran’s Mohammed Amir Nekounam on 250.1 once the field was pruned to the regulation top eight. But the 17-year-old Indian claimed the top honours after prevailing in a shoot-off at the prestigious International Shooting Sport Federation tournament. The Indian team, comprising Hazarika, Divyansh Panwar and Arjun Babuta, finished fourth with a combined total of 1872.3.

The women’s 10m air rifle team of Elavenil Valarivan, Shreya Agarwal and Manini Kaushik then produced a sensational performance to total 1880.7 for a gold with a world record to boot. The score by Elavenil, a junior world cup gold-medallist, was also a new junior world record. In the individual womens 10m Air rifle final Elavenil Valarivan and Shreya Agarwal settled for silver and bronze for India. 

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