Narwal-Francis pair win India’s third gold at Para-shooting World Cup in France
Manish Narwal and Rubina Francis won the mixed team 10m P6 air pistol event to clinch India’s third gold medal at the ongoing Parasport Shooting World Cup in Chateauroux, France, Wednesday.
Narwal and Francis, who amassed a world-record qualifying score of 565 to enter the final in first place, beat Chinese pair Yang Chao and Min Li 17-11 in the title clash.
The Indian pair totaled 274.3.
Tokyo Paralympic Games gold medalist Narwal scored 138.7 in the final six shots. He shot consistent 10s and 9s, but Francis also matched his whimsical partner with 9s, some 8s and 10s.
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China’s Chao was impressive with four 10s but Min faltered in crucial moments.
On Thursday, Narwal, Singhraj Adhana, Rahul Jakhar and Akash will be in action in the P4 event – mixed pistol 50m SH1.
On Tuesday, Sriharsha Devaraddi Ramakrishna became the second Indian para shooter to earn a quota for the Paris Paralympic Games after securing a gold medal in the mixed SH2 10m air rifle event.
Ramakrishna produced a final score of 253.1 to win the yellow metal, while Slovaks Francek Tirsek (252.6) and Tanguy De La Forest (230.3) won silver and bronze.
Ramakrishna thus followed the extraordinary spectacle of Tokyo 2020 Paralympic champion Avani Lekhara, who set a new world record en route by winning the gold medal.
In the R2 – Women’s 10m Air Rifle Final, Lekhara, the 20-year-old from Rajasthan, shot a final score of 250.6 to beat her own world record of 249.6 and win the gold medal. gold ahead of Poland’s Emilia Babska (247.6) and Anna Normann of Sweden (225.6).
“This event is very important to me as it is the first event after Tokyo. It will help me understand the progress I have made on various aspects that I have been working on ever since,” Lekhara told the Indian Paralympic Committee (ICP ).
“It’s also my first international event with my new kit and it will help me analyze my game more and know what further adjustments need to be made!
Two-time Tokyo 2020 medalist Lekhara said her “goal for the year is to constantly analyze my game and improve the small details”.
“My goal is to be a regular shooter and I also hope to win some medals along the way.”
India were represented by 13 para shooters at this season’s World Cup opener in Chateauroux, France.