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India’s Elavenil Valarivan and Divyansh Singh Panwar bring Gold Medal Home in 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Event

Divyansh Singh Panwar and Elavenil Valarivan won the gold medal in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event at the ISSF World Cup currently being held in New Delhi and organised by International Shooting Sport Federation.

The talented duo went on to beat the Hungarian team of Istvan Peni and Eszter Denes and secured the Gold for their country India by a scorecard of 16-10.

India’s Elavenil Valarivan is 21 years old, and Divyansh Singh Rawat is 18-year old. The latter has already secured a bronze in the 10m Air Rifle Individual Event before striking Gold in the mixed team event.

Initially Elavenil started slowly but gradually grabbed the speed as the match wore on. India’s duo did give the Hungarian team a fair chance to catch up with 6-6, but some brilliant shots by India turned the game and led to the victory of Elavenil and Divyansh by opening a 10-6 gap.

The bronze medal was secured by USA’s Lucas Kozeniesky and Mary Carolynn Tucker by beating the Polish team of Aneta Stankiewicz and Tomasz Bartnik with a scorecard of 17-15.

When asked if her partner’s performance impacted her, Elavenil said, “I don’t think it has any impact, because, at the end of the day, although it’s the cumulative score, but I feel that at that moment you are not thinking about what the other person is shooting. For a particular shot, you are focussing on yourself. Maybe after the shot, though, you might go into that and say, ‘oh, he has shot that, and I have shot this’, but I don’t think, at that particular moment, it is making any difference.

Contrary to his partner’s view, Divyansh said, “I also watch what others are doing while playing in the finals, I focus on others, too, while playing the finals I also see whether those standing next to me are shooting late or early. Maybe this can help me in the future. You can say that this is part of my strategy to see how the other shooter is pulling the trigger. I believe I can learn something from everyone.”

The International Shooting Sport Federation introduced the ISSF World Cup in 1986 for a homogenous system of qualifications to the Olympic Shooting Competitions.

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