Vastavam web: India experienced a disappointing day in the ISSF World Cup Final as both their representatives, ace pistol shooter Jitu Rai and Pooja Ghatkar in women’s air rifle, failed to clear the qualification hurdle here today.Rai, fresh from his gold medal in the air pistol mixed event along with Heena Sidhu, could not make the final of the men’s 10m air pistol and was placed ninth. The top eight make the cut.Eventual gold medal winner Matsuda Tomoyuki of Japan, who qualified eighth, aggregated 573 in the qualification, while Vietnamese Cuong Quoc Tran topped it with 586 but fell behind in the final.
In women’s 10m air rifle, India’s only hope Pooja Ghatkar finished ninth and failed to make the final.Ghatkar had opened India’s medal tally in the World Cup Stage 1 earlier in the year by winning a bronze in the same event.In the event, Andrea Arsovic of Serbia won the gold with a score of 251.3, Romanian Georgeta-Laura Coman clinched silver with 249.7, while Xinyi Peng of China bagged the bronze after shooting 228.5.With his score, Matsuda also set a new world record, bettering the one set by Germany’s Christian Reitz at the 2017 European Championship in Maribor.
Alongside Matsuda on the podium was Ukrainian sensation Pavlo Korostylov, competing in his second World Cup Final at the age of 19. He won the silver with 241.1 and a junior world record to boot.Despite a remarkable second half of the match, Korostylov was not able to match Matuda’s pace.