ISSF World Cup: Abhishek Verma shoots gold, seals Olympic quota

first_img Next ISSF World Cup: Abhishek Verma shoots gold, seals Olympic quotaAbhishek Verma, shooting in his maiden ISSF World Cup final, clinched the gold medal and the Olympic quota place for the 10m Air Pistol event.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 27, 2019UPDATED: April 27, 2019 12:45 IST Abhishek Verma was in fine form in the 10m Air Pistol final at the ISSF World Cup in Beijing on Saturday (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAbhishek Verma won the 10m Air Pistol gold at ISSF World Cup on SaturdayHe became the fifth Indian shooter to have clinched a quota place for Tokyo OlympicsIn his first ISSF World Cup final, the 29-year-old shooter dominated the rest of the packIndia’s Abhishek Verma reigned supreme in the 10m Air Pistol final at the ISSF World Cup in Beijing on Saturday.While winning the gold medal in only his second World Cup appearance, the hobby shooter-turned professional sealed a quota place for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Abhishek Verma, 29, was a cut above the rest of the field in the 10m Air Pistol final as he finished on the top step of the podium with 242.7 points. Russia’s Artem Chernousov took silver with a total of 240.4 points in the eight-man final. Korea’s Seungwoo Han finished with a bronze after shooting 220.0 in the final.Abhishek Verma showcased his class in what was only his first ISSF World Cup final. Indians have sealed five quota places for the Tokyo Olympics so far with young Saurabh Chaudhary clinching one in 10m Air Pistol event at the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi earlier this year.A thrilled Abhishek Verma on top of the podium showing off his 10m Air Pistol gold medal @issf_shooting World Cup in Beijing. He also won India’s fifth @tokyo2020 quota in shooting in the process. pic.twitter.com/ec3pWaXVGzNRAI (@OfficialNRAI) April 27, 2019Incidentally, Abhishek Verma made his World Cup debut in New Delhi. The Indian pistol shooter failed to qualify for the final at home. However, on Saturday, Abhishek shot a total of 585 points to qualify for the final at the fourth spot.Olympic quota for India @OfficialNRAI @Media_SAI along with a brilliant gold medal by Abhishek Verma in men’s 10m Air Pistol #BeijingWorldCup. Can’t believe this is just his 2nd World Cup. He was so cool & composed. Proud to support you Abhishek @OGQ_India pic.twitter.com/8aOR1bM5qBadvertisementViren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) April 27, 2019Abhishek who had won a bronze medal in the 10m Air Pistol event during his India debut at the Asian Games has little international exposure but is proving to be one of the finest shooters on the circuit.Saurabh Chaudhary was fielded in the MQS category earlier in the day to boost the chances of another Olympic quota place for India. World Cup gold medallist Shahzar Rizvi disappointed in the qualification round as he crashed out after finishnig 32nd with a total of 576 points.Arjun Singh Cheema had also finished outside qualification spots with a total fo 571 points on Saturday.Also Read | Divyansh Singh Panwar secures fourth Olympic quota with silver in ISSF World CupAlso Read | Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary win India’s 2nd gold at ISSF Beijing World CupAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Abhishek VermaFollow ISSF World CupFollow Saurabh ChaudharyFollow 2020 Tokyo Olympicslast_img

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