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Indian parashooters record best ever show at world championships and claim five medals | More sports news

NEW DELHI: India recorded their best ever show in the Parachuting World Championshipreturning home with an impressive haul of five medals, including three gold, from Al Ain in the UAE.
In doing so, the shooters also finished in fifth place – their best ever after three bronzes at the Sydney 2019 Worlds – with South Korea leading with 20 medals.
Hosts UAE finished in eighth place with four medals, including two gold.
For India, all three gold medals were won in team championships, while Rahul Jakhar claimed the only individual medal – a bronze – in the P3 Mixed 25m Pistol SH1 final.
Jakhar was also part of the team alongside Paralympic medalist Singhraj and Young Nihal Singhwho won the gold medal in the P3 team event.
Later Jakhar combined with Rubina Francis and Deependra Singh to win the P5 Mixed 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1 Gold Medal.
In the P1 Men’s 10m Air Pistol SH1, Singhraj and Nihal, along with Paralympic Champion Manic Narwhalclaimed the team gold after finishing ahead of Korea and Turkey.
However, Singhraj finished a disappointing fourth in the individual final after leading much of the event, thanks to a poor seven with six shots remaining in the final.
“It was a good championship, but I need to work on different aspects of my game, especially my breathing patterns. I’ve been at it for a while but still need more work. With the countdown to Paris 2024 already on, there’s no time to rest, the process continues,” said Singhraj, who secured a quota place for India in the 2024 Paris Paralympics.
Singhraj also took silver in the P4 Mixed 50m Pistol SH1 along with Narwal and Deepender, finishing behind Korea.
Among the top names, Paralympic star Ava Lekharawho was shooting with her new rifle and new wheelchair faltered in the finals of R8 Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1 and R2 Women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1, finishing fifth and sixth respectively.

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