India's Rhythm Sangwan Clinches Bronze in Azerbaijan : ISSF World Cup

India's Rhythm Sangwan Clinches Bronze in Azerbaijan : ISSF World Cup

Ukranian legend Kostevych was the strongest of the blocks with a solid 10.6, but the Indians struggled early, particularly Esha who began with three shots in the eight-ring.

After 10 shots, Anna was in the lead with Olena behind her while Rhythm and Esha were in fifth and sixth positions.

At the end of the 20th however, while Esha had fallen away and finished in sixth place, Rhythm was up to third and a point behind second-placed Olena and 2.7 behind Anna.

Rhythm’s effort warmed Indian hearts after Sarabjot Singh and Esha Singh both missed out on medals despite qualifying for the finals in the men’s and women’s 10m air pistol respectively.

On a day when the ISSF reverted to the Tokyo Olympics format, Rhythm shot 581 and Esha 579 in the 60-shot qualification stage to qualify for the eight-woman 24-shot final in third and seventh spots respectively.

A third Olympic champion in the finals field, Tokyo Mixed Team winner Jiang Ranxin of China had topped the field with a 588, seven ahead of second-best Kim Bomi of Korea.

Rhythm finished behind two former Olympic champions, gold medal winner Anna Korakaki of Greece and silver medallist Olena Kostevych of Ukraine.

Rhythm Sangwan staged a fantastic comeback at the back end of the women’s 10m air pistol final to clinch a bronze medal at the ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol in Baku, Azerbaijan.