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Sonam Maskar Wins Silver In Debut In 10m Air Rifle Event

Sonam Worms. | (Image credits: Twitter)

Debutant Sonam Maskar won a silver medal for India in the women’s 10m air rifle event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Cairo, Egypt.

Competing in her first World Cup, Sonam shot 252.1 in the eight-woman final, finishing 0.9 behind Germany’s Anna Janssen at the Egypt International Olympic City Shooting range on Sunday. Poland’s Aneta Stankiewicz took the bronze.

Earlier, Divyansh Singh Panwar clinched gold in the men’s event with a world record score in the final. In other results, debutant Simranpreet Kaur Brar finished fifth in the women’s 25m pistol event.

The teenager, competing at this level for the first time in individual events, earlier in the day topped the qualification round with a score of 586, ahead of the likes of the reigning world champion Germany’s Doreen Vennekamp and former Olympic champion Anna Korakaki of Greece, among others.

Two other Indians in the fray missed the top eight as Rhythm Sangwan shot 582 to finish ninth and Manu Bhaker finished 14th with a score of 580. Doreen and Anna won gold and silver respectively in scores of 39 and 37 in the final, while Veronika of Hungary grabbed the bronze.

Sonam Maskar took an early lead but failed to catch up with Anna Janssen:

India continued to dominate the opening phase of the World Cup season with two gold and three silver medals in their kitty after three days of competition. Two Indians, Sonam and Nancy, made the final after shooting 632.7 and 633.1 to finish the 60-shot qualification round in fifth and fourth place.

However, Sonam was the strongest in the blocks in the 24-shot final, her 53.0 in the first five-shot series giving her an early lead.

It was an unprecedented final, with the scores so close to each other that at the end of 10 shots, the difference between leader Sonam and Nancy, who was placed eighth at that stage, was only 0.8.

Anna took over the lead from Sonam after the 14th shot as, despite a 10.9 from Sonam in the 13th, Anna’s consistent high 10s paid off.

At one stage, it looked like it would be a double podium for India, but Poland’s Stankiewicz beat Nancy for the bronze, while Sonam could not catch up with the experienced Janssen.

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