Shooter Sanjeev Rajput clinches silver medal in the ISSF World Cup


New Delhi: India’s Sanjeev Rajput clinched the Silver medal in the 50m Rifle 3 Position event at the ISSF World Cup that is presently on in Baku. The 35-year-old fired a final tally of 456.9 in the three events combined, thereby finishing just 0.6 behind the Gold medal winner, Petar Gorsa of Croatia. The 35-year-old Indian finished seventh in the qualification with a score of 1167 in kneeling, prone and standing positions. 

London Olympics bronze medallist Gagan Narang was 23rd with 1161 while Chain Singh found himself on a disappointing 32nd with a total of 1159. Earlier, Jitu Rai bagged the silver in 10m Air Pistol event as India summed up its campaign at the World Cup with two silvers.

Including this silver, Rajput has won three World Cup medals. He won a gold medal in the same category in 2010 in Changwon and also won a silver in the 10m Air Rifle event in Sydney in the same year. Despite winning the Olympics quota, Rajput will not be participating in the upcoming Rio Olympics as he was replaced by Trap veteran Manavjit Singh Sandhu.