New Delhi: International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup gold medalist Elavenil Valarivan from Gujarat bettered world record score of 252.4 and clinched first place in both the senior and junior categories of the 10m air rifle event in the 18th KSS Memorial Shooting Championship on Tuesday.
Valarivan bettered China’s Ruozhu Zhao’s world record of 252.4 at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.
She shot 253 and bettered the Chinese’s record, however, the feat won’t go down in the history books as ISSF, the world governing body for the sport, only considers tournaments held at a world or continental level.
India’s teen prodigy Mehuli Ghosh could only finish with 251.7 and had to eventually settle for silver while another shooter from the GFG stable Manini Kaushik from Rajasthan bagged the bronze with 230.9 in the senior category.
Elavenil shined in the Junior category as well with a score of 252.3 to bag her second gold.
West Bengal’s Mehuli stayed on track to continue her medal rush as she bagged the silver with 251.1 whereas another GFG shooter Shreya Agarwal from Madhya Pradesh too continued her medal rush and claimed a spot on the podium with a score of 229.7.
In the youth category, Yana Rathore of Madhya Pradesh bagged the gold with 249.6 while Himachal Pradesh’s Zeena Khitta grabbed the second spot with 248.5. Haryana’s Nischal Singh managed to finish third with 225.
The selection trail 5 was held simultaneously with the KSS Shooting”>Memorial Shooting Championship which saw Elavenil Valarivan top the charts with a qualification score of 632.2 while Mehuli Ghosh scored 629.7 and Manini Kaushik took the third spot with 629.1.
These points will be considered while the Asian Games and World Championships selections take place. (ANI)