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Shooting World C’ships: Mehuli Ghosh wins bronze, confirms Paris Olympic quota

Mehuli Ghosh bagged the Paris Olympics quota in the women's 10m air rifle event after winning a bronze medal at the ISSF World Championships.

Mehuli Ghosh Shooting

Mehuli Ghosh


The Bridge Desk

Updated: 20 Aug 2023 5:35 AM GMT

Mehuli Ghosh became the fourth Indian shooter to secure a Paris 2024 Olympics quota place after winning a bronze medal in the women's 10m air rifle event at the ISSF World Championships in Baku on Saturday.

Mehuli, 22, shot an aggregate of 229.8 to finish third in the final, while 15-year-old Tillotama Sen finished fourth with a score of 208.4.

Mehuli was brilliant in the qualification round, where she topped the tally with a score of 634.5, as Tillotama finished sixth with a score of 631.3 to seal their places in the final.

"I am feeling very excited. It was one heck of a final and nerve-wrecking for us. I am feeling proud that I can win a bronze medal and an Olympic quota for India," Mehuli said after securing the Olympic quota for India.

This was India's second medal of the day, as Mehuli also combined with Tillotamma and Ramita to win the 10m air rifle women’s team gold, scoring 1895.9.

India has won four medals at the ISSF World Championships, including two gold and two bronze.

India won the first gold medal when Shiva Narwal and Esha Singh combined to defeat Turkey's SI Tarhan and Yusuf Dikec 16-10 in the final of the 10m air pistol mixed team event.

For India's second medal, the 10m air pistol men's team of Shiva Narwal, Sarabjot Singh and Arjun Singh Cheema shot 1734 to win bronze.

While India did well in the team events, the individual shooters in 10m air pistol events failed to qualify for the finals in both men's and women's categories.

The other Olympic quota places for India were earned by Bhowneesh Mendiratta (Men’s trap), Rudrankksh Patil (10m air pistol) and Swapnil Kusale (50m Rifle three positions).

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