14-Year-Old Shooter Naamya Kapoor Wins Gold In Junior World Championship

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  • 14-year-old Naamya Kapoor claimed the gold medal in the 25m air pistol event.
  • Naamya became the youngest Indian shooter to win an international award.
  • India has got 7 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze for a total of 16 medals at the ISSF Junior World Championships.

India’s 14-year-old shooter Naamya Kapoor clinched the gold medal in the women’s 25m air pistol event of the ISSF Junior World Championship on Monday in Lima, Peru. Kapoor, the youngest of the 8 finalists, shot 36 in the finals to win gold ahead of France’s Camille Jedrzejewski (33) and 19-year-old Olympian Bhakar (31), who has already won three gold medals in the tournament.

Manu Bhaker, who won gold in the showpiece event last week, settled for bronze on Monday, while another Indian shooter, Rhythm Sangwan, finished in 4th position. Meanwhile, Italy won gold in the Skeet Mixed Team competition on Sunday, keeping India’s lead at the top of the medal tally. In the gold medal match, Sara Bongini and Cristian Ghilli defeated Romania’s Maria and Cristian Islai with 31-29.

Ayush Rudraraju, Raiza Dhillon and Abhay Singh Sekhon, Areeba Khan, the two Indian pairs competing in this (Skeet Mixed Team) event, finished 7th and 10th in qualification with scores of 130 and 126, respectively, and could not make it to the medal rounds. India received 7 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze for a total haul of 16 medals in the championship and are leading the standings. 

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