June 10, 2023 12:41 am

Agencies8:22 AM ET2 Minute Study

India’s Sift Kaur Samra place up an inspired efficiency to clinch her second senior medal at the international level, beating a challenging field to win the 50m rifle 3P bronze at the ISSF Rifle/Pistol Planet Cup on Sunday.

On a day when China continued their domination, with Zhang Qiongyue winning gold in the occasion, Samra, the reigning national champion, scored a total of 403.9 points in the ranking round to finish third, even as Zhang (414.7 points) and Czech Republic’s Aneta Brabcova (411.three) entered the title round. In the gold-medal round, Zhand defeated her Czech rival 16-eight.

India are at present second on the medals table behind China with 1 gold, 1 silver and 5 bronze medals.

Samra added to the bronze medal she had won final year at the Planet Cup in Changwon, China. All eyes have been on planet championships silver medallist in air rifle Anjum Moudgil in the preliminary round of the 3P occasion. But Samra was in a distinctive zone on Sunday, shooting a excellent series in all 3 positions to emerge second very best at the finish of the qualification round with a score of 588.

Samra shot a total of 194 (99, 95) in kneeling position, a best 200 in prone (one hundred, one hundred) and 194 in standing (97, 97), although Anjum slipped to 17th with a score of 583. The third Indian in the fray, Manini Kaushik, missed the eighth and final qualification spot on the count of ‘inner 10s’.

Samra, 21, who had some of the very best scores in the trials held in New Delhi ahead of the Planet Cup, did effectively in kneeling position — 102.two (51.7, 50.five) — and prone — 103.four (51.eight, 51.six) –, her ‘standing’ scores let her down. She averaged 50.four in the 1st standing series but thereafter her scores slipped additional and she managed just 196.three (50.four, 49., 49.two and 49.7) in that position to finish with bronze.

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