In addition to India’s gold rush, the trio of Niraj Kumar, Swapnil Kusale and Chain Singh won the gold medal in the men’s 50m rifle 3 of the ISSF World Cup men’s team here on Friday, conveniently defeating the United States in the final with a 47- 25.
Kumar, Kusale and Singh advanced to the finals to easily win the top prize in front of the American team of Nicholas Mourer, Timothy Sherry and Patrick Sunderman at Dr. Carney Singh’s shooting range. This was India’s 12th gold in the championship.
The Indians started well with 10.1, 10.5 and 9.5 to 9.9, 9.8 and 9.5 for the Americans in the first series.
The guests made an improved show in the next three series, but the home team always managed to overtake their opponents well.
Even when Indians regularly scored medium and high 10s, US shooters struggled to meet host country standards, often fluctuating in the low nine and eight.
India were originally scheduled to play Hungary in the final on Thursday, but the visiting team withdrew from the event after a dispute between world number one Istvan Penny and veteran Peter Sidi over the use of the latter’s biped. Initially, the United States ranked third in the event.
In qualifying on Wednesday, the Indian team led the field with a total score of 875.
The Hungarian team of Penny, Peckler and Sidi was ranked second, while the American trio of Nikolaus Mourer, Timothy Sherry and Patrick Sunderman was third.