Promising Manish Narval broke the world record on the road, pulling out gold in the P4 mixed 50-meter SH1 pistol on the penultimate day of the 2021 Steam Shooting World Cup on Tuesday. It was India’s second gold medal at the event, after Singrage claimed the yellow metal in a men’s 10-meter SH1 air pistol.
Narval, the 2019 World Cup bronze medalist, overcame a strong field that featured Paralympic and world champions, including Iranian Sarekh Javanmardi and Ukrainian Alexei Denusyuk, to finish with 229.1 points, enough to break the previous world record. of the Serbian Rastko Jokic (228.6).
The 19-year-old Narval shot with 5.7 points better than Javanmardi, who finished with 223.4 points. The other Indian in the battle, Singrage, also a world medalist, won bronze with 201.7 points.
In SH1 competitions, athletes can support their firearms without assistance. “The way Manish presented himself today was expected of him. In fact, I expected a better result from him. Today’s result will certainly increase the self-confidence of the whole team and the preparation for the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, “said the head coach of the national team JP Nautiyal.
After six days of competition, Ukraine continued to lead with four gold, four silver and one bronze medal, followed by hosts United Arab Emirates with three gold and silver medals and India with two gold, one silver and one bronze medal.
A total of 120 competitors from 24 countries are competing in the event.