In a shining moment for Indian sports, Elavenil Valarivan, the accomplished Indian Olympian and shooter, struck gold in the women’s 10m air rifle event at the ongoing International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her remarkable performance on Saturday night not only secured her the top spot on the podium but also marked India’s first medal in this prestigious tournament.
Elavenil Valarivan’s gold medal-winning display was nothing short of exceptional. With steely determination and precision, she accumulated a total of 252.2 points in the final of the women’s 10m air rifle event. Her remarkable feat underlines her status as one of India’s premier shooters and adds another golden chapter to her illustrious career.
The battle for supremacy in Rio saw France’s Oceanne Muller closely trailing Elavenil, securing the second position with a commendable score of 251.9 points. Muller’s spirited performance made it a thrilling competition, showcasing the high calibre of talent present at the ISSF World Cup.
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China’s Jiale Zhang, displaying her shooting prowess, claimed the third position with a total score of 229 points. The Chinese shooter’s performance added an international flavour to the podium, highlighting the global reach and competitiveness of the sport.
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) Media took to social media to celebrate Elavenil Valarivan’s splendid victory, sharing the news of her triumph on their Twitter handle. The triumph of Indian athletes on the world stage is a source of immense pride and inspiration for the nation.
The ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro holds particular significance as it serves as the final stop for rifle and pistol shooters in 2023 before the highly anticipated finals in Doha, Qatar, scheduled from November 18 to 27. The tournament has provided athletes with a crucial platform to hone their skills and compete against the best on the international stage.
Notably, some of India’s elite shooters who have been selected to represent the nation in the upcoming Asian Games 2023, set to commence on September 23 in Hangzhou, China, chose to skip the Rio World Cup to focus on their preparations for this prestigious continental event.
India’s remarkable performance in shooting has been on full display in 2023, with the nation securing a total of 23 medals across various ISSF World Cup events. These medals include seven gold, four silver, and 12 bronze, catapulting India to an impressive fourth position in the medal standings.
As the ISSF World Cup in Rio continues to unfold, the achievements of Indian shooters like Elavenil Valarivan serve as a testament to the bright future of shooting sports in India. With their sights set on further victories, these athletes continue to make the nation proud on the global stage.