Digital desk, New Delhi. Sameer won the silver medal in the youth 25m rapid-fire pistol event on day five of the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Rifle/Pistol Championship competition in Cairo, Egypt.
He had 23 hits in the medal game, second only to China’s Wang Shiwen, who won the gold medal with 25. Liu Yangpan won the bronze medal in a game that pitted three Chinese against one Indian.
Sameer had finished fourth in qualifying with a score of 573 and then hit 10 to Yangpan’s 12 in the qualifying round to reach the medal round. Meanwhile, his teammate Udayveer Sidhu also made it to the qualifying matches but finished fourth in one of his elimination matches. He was seventh in qualifying with a score of 569.
Three other Indians, Jatin (10th with 567), Adarsh Singh (13th with 565) and Harshvardhan Yadav (16th with 562) failed to qualify.
Also during the day, the women’s air pistol team reached the gold medal match to be held on Tuesday. Isha Singh, Shikha Narwal and Varsha Singh topped their first qualifying stage with a score of 855 and then finished second in the second stage with a score of 576 behind China’s Wang Siyu, Zhao Nan and Shen Yiao and came into contention by title.
There was disappointment in the 10m air rifle mixed team event, but the pairing of Mehuli Ghosh and Arjun Babuta missed out on the medal round by a margin of 0.3 points with a score of 630.0 to finish seventh. . Elavenil Valarivan and Kiran Ankush Jadhav shot 627.5 to finish 17th.
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