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Saurabh Chaudhary, Elavenil Valarivan lead Indian shooters in European Championship

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Elavenil Valarivan

Shooting in the MQS (Minimum Qualification Score) section, the sensational Saurabh Chaudhary from India shot more than the top ball of a real tournament in the 10-meter air pistol competition for men at the European Championships here on Monday.

World Cup and Asian Games gold medalist Chaudhary shot 589 to top the event’s MQS rankings, while compatriot Abhishek Verma was fourth with 579.

Tokyo-linked Chowdery is far ahead of Ukrainian Oleg Omelchuk, who topped the main qualifier with 586.

Both Chaudhary, a youth Olympic medalist and his no less talented compatriot Verma, will head to Tokyo after the end of their training session in Croatia.

In the women’s 10m air rifle, world number one Indian Elavelil Valarivan shot 630.4 to finish at the top ahead of Iranians Armina Sadegian (629.8) and Fateme Karamzade (628.7).

Apurvi Chandela was fourth with 627.8, while Anjum Moujil was seventh with 624.7.

Jiva Dvorsak of Slovenia topped the women’s 10m air rifle main qualifier with 630.8, followed by Norway’s Janet Hag Duestad (630.6) and Italy’s Sofia Cecarelo (630.2).

“The dusting of the WC result in Delhi .. the training in Hyderabad with a gagunarang was effective with 630.4 .. in the Euro Champs,” tweeted Elavenil after his event.

The talented Divyansh Singh Panwar (628.10) was second in the men’s 10m air rifle qualifiers. The other Indians – Deepak Kumar (627.4) and Aishwari Pratap Singh Tomar (625.0) – were third and fifth in the event, respectively.

China’s Lihao Shen finished ahead of Divyansh with 630.5.

The Russian Vladimir Maslennikov topped the main qualification with 631.8, with 627.1 being the reduction.

Eight Indian shooters linked to the Olympics, including some of the country’s biggest medals in Tokyo, were in action on Monday.

Participating in the continental tournament as an invited guest, the Indians shot only in the MQS section and therefore their results were taken for medals.

The 13-member Indian Olympic team arrived here from the Croatian capital, Zagreb, on Saturday, the team’s training base on the eve of the Olympics.

Indian archers participate only in individual Olympic events for men and women.

A total of 15 Indian shooters have qualified for the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Skiut shooters Mayraj Khan and Angad Baiva, who also qualified for the games, train in Italy.

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