Shooting World Cup: 19-year-old Shazar Rizvi breaks world record

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New Delhi: Young Indian shooter, Shahzar Rizvi, competing in his first ever senior world event, shot a stunning gold in the men’s 10m air pistol in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Mexico.

In the first final on day one of the competition, Rizvi not only beat a reigning Olympic Champion but also set a new world record with a score of 242.3 in the 24-shot final.

Shahzar is a resident of Meerut’s Chhota Mawana village and is with the Indian Air Force (IAF) where he works as a sergeant. His father Shamshaad Ahmed is a freight contractor at a private company in Meerut and Shahzar’s mother Shahjahan Rizvi is a homemaker.

The gold medallist after completing his schooling from Meerut’s Jawahar Inter College started pursuing his dream.

Veteran Jitu Rai shot 219 to win bronze while Germany’s Christian Reitz, the reigning Olympic champion in men’s 25m rapid fire pistol, came in second with 239.7.

India’s Om Prakash Mitharval finished fourth with a score of 198.4.

Starting the new season of international shooting on a strong note, India won three medals on the first day as Mehuli Ghosh, a world cup debutant, also won a bronze, with a junior world record score of 228.4 in the women’s 10m air rifle event.

In the women’s 10m air rifle, the Indian trio of Mehuli Ghosh, Apurvi Chandela and Anjum Moudgil had all made it to the eight-woman final, and finished second, seventh and eighth respectively in the qualifying round.

ANI inputs

This post was last modified on March 5, 2018, 11:16 am