Beijing: Abhishek Verma secured India’s fifth Olympic quota place by winning the 10m Air Pistol gold medal at the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup here in China On Saturday.
29-year-old Indian shooter clinched the top spot with a total score of 242.7 in the final. His medal assured India of a second berth in the event at next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
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.
For India, it was their fourth medal at this World Cup. They earlier won two golds — Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary (10m air pistol mixed team event) and Divyansh Singh Panwar and Anjum Moudgil (10m air rifle mixed team event) — and one silver (Divyansh Singh Panwar in the men’s 10m air rifle event).
This is India’s fifth 2020 Tokyo Olympic quota after Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela (10m air rifle women), Saurabh Choudhary (10m Air Pistol men) and Divyansh had secured berths in the earlier World Cups and last year’s World Championship.