Indian shooter–Akhil Sheoran clinched the gold medal in men’s 50m 3rd position rifle as India continued their excellent run at the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico. With this medal, Akhil became the fourth-young Indian shooter to win a medal on ISSF World Cup debut. Sheoran shot 455.6 in the finals and beat Austria’s Bernhard Pickl who came in second place with 452. 2 years before during the Asian Olympic Qualifying Shooting Championship in New Delhi, Akhil missed a quota for the Rio Olympics by just 1.2 points. Sheoran is the youngest of the three Indian shooters in the final, three-time World Cup medallist Sanjeev Rajput and Swapnil Kusale. Before this event, Akhil has also won the gold medal in 10m Air Rifle event.
Akhil won his first international medal at the Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany, in 2015. He also won the silver medal in 10m Air Rifle junior event at Asian Shooting Championships in Kuwait. In 2017, the youngster won the gold in 10m Air Rifle event in World University Games in Poland. Along with shooting, he is also finishing his MBA in international business from Jamia Milia University. He says, the study, which he is reading, help him and focus him on his shooting as well.
India has won Four gold, one silver and three bronze in this world cup. That is the first time in medals tally for India to be at the top of the ISSF Shooting World Cup. India has not been won any medal in the final day, but they finished at the top of the tally. In 2018 ISSF World Cup, Shahzar Rizvi(1), Manu Bhaker(2), Akhil Sheoran(1) and Om Prakash Mitharval won the gold medals, Rising star Anjum Moudgil seized silver, while Jitu Rai, Ravi Kumar finished with bronze and Sanjeev Rajput finished fourth.
On final Day of ISSF Shooting World Cup, India’s Smit was placed seventh at the beginning of the day and has missed the chance of qualifying. Angad Bajwa returned rounds of 24, 25 and 24 but had dropped too far behind on day one of qualifying and Sheeraz Sheikh did not look in his element in this competition. Indian Legendary Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar congrats the Indian team on Twitter.
On top of the world!! A historical moment for India ?? as we finish at number 1 in the medals tally at the #ISSFWorldCup. Mighty impressed with the 16-year-old #ManuBhaker. Excellent work by #AkhilSheoran, #ShahzarRizvi and #OmPrakashMitharval. Keep up the great work! pic.twitter.com/amOnJEkQHL
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 13, 2018