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Akhil Sheoran wins the 4th gold for India in ISSF Shooting World Cup

India continue to shine brightly in Mexico as young shooter Akhil Sheoran clinched the 4th gold in the year-opening ISSF World Cup. Akhil’s triumph came in Men’s 50m Rifle 3 position when he shot 455.6 in the final to leave behind Austria’s Bernhard Pickl in second place with 452. Akhil won in such an event that included 38-time ISSF medalist and Hungarian Rifle legend Peter Sidi, Rio Olympic Bronze medalist Alexis Reynauld of France and Air Rifle Gold medalist Istvan Peni of Hungary besides India’s champion 3P exponent Sanjeev Rajput.

Earlier, in the qualification round where each shooter shoots 40-shots in each position, the experienced Rajput shot a 1176 out of a possible 1200 to qualify second behind Peni who shot 1178. Sheoran was fourth with 1174. young Swapnil Kusale, competing in his first World Cup, shot 1168 for seventh place to make it all three Indians in the eight-man final. 

Sheoran’s gold indicates that India can end at the top of the medal table. He, in the process, became the third Indian shooter to have won a gold  in the competition after the likes of Shahzar Rizvi and Manu Bhaker. These three, along with Mehuli Ghosh and Anjum Moudgil won thir first ISSF World Cup medal.

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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