Led by the sensational Saurab Chaudhary, the shooters associated with the Indian Olympics made a stellar show in the mixed air pistol and air rifle competitions at the European Championships here on Wednesday.
Participating in the Minimum Qualification (MQS) section as invited guests, Elavenil Valarivan and Divyansh Singh Panwar started the day by firing a combined score of 630.6 in the first qualifying round.
They finished second among 51 pairs, five of whom shot in the MQS section.
If they were part of the main event, the pair would sail to the next stage, where only the top eight qualify.
Norwegian duo Jaeanette Duestad and Henrik Larsen topped the stage with a European record of 632.0.
Then, in the 10m air pistol mixed team competitions, India’s best pair, including Manu Baker and Chowdhury, also finished second among 43 pairs, firing a combined score of 580 out of a possible 600.
They finished behind the Russian couple Vitalina Batsarashkina and Artem Chernousov. The Russians, competing in the regular race, fired 583.
While Evelynil and Divyansh were neck and neck in their 30-shot round, returning with scores of 315.8 to 314.8, respectively, Chowdery again overtook almost the entire field, shooting a staggering 294 out of 300.
Bhaker fired 286, as only Russian number 3 Chernousov was above Chaudhary, with 295.
The second Indian pair in the mixed doubles competition, consisting of Anjum Moudgil and Deepak Kumar, shot a total of 622.2 to finish 38th overall and third among five pairs in the MQS section.
Yashasvini Singh Desval and Abhishek Verma, India’s second mixed-race pistol team, also had a decent outcome, finishing ninth overall with a score of 575. The Turkish pair were just one point ahead of them at 576.