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Manu Bhaker and Javad Foroughi win gold at the ISSF President's Cup

The Indo-Iranian pair got the better of the French-Russian duo, 16-8 in the gold medal match of the 10m air pistol mixed team

Indias Manu Bhaker and Irans Javad Foroughi with Presidents Cup medal (Source: ISSF)

India's Manu Bhaker and Iran's Javad Foroughi with President's Cup medal (Source: ISSF)



Updated: 2021-11-06T13:22:45+05:30

India's woman pistol ace Manu Bhaker and Iran's reigning Olympic champion Javad Foroughi won the 10m air pistol mixed team gold at the inaugural ISSF President's Cup.

The Indo-Iranian pair got the better of the French-Russian duo of Mathilde Lamolle and Artem Chernousov 16-8 in the gold medal match on Friday.

Bhaker and Foroughi were placed third in the qualification with a combined score of 582/600 to qualify for the first semifinal where they topped the field of four pairs to make it to the final. Lamolle and Artem came through by winning the second semifinal.

Among the other Indians in the field, Abhishek Verma paired up with Ukrainian Olena Kostevych to finish sixth while the pairing of Saurabh Chaudhary and Swiss Heidi Gerber Diethelm also made it among the top eight semi-finalists to finish seventh.

Yashaswini Deswal, the fourth Indian in the fray and, who was paired with Slovakian Juraj Tuzinsky, ended 10th among the 12 teams in the competition.

International mixed teams were formed by the ISSF randomly by the draw.

In the day's other medal event, China's Lihao Sheng and Romania's Laura-Georgeta Ilie won the 10m air rifle mixed team competition.

The inaugural ISSF President's Cup is a rechristened version of the World Cup Finals, where the year's top 12 athletes according to world ranking are invited to determine the best individual athletes of the year in their respective Olympic events.

Individual winners will be awarded The Golden Target along with prize money. Cash awards will also be awarded to all athletes in the individual competitions.

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