Good Sports: PROVING A POINT WITH GOLD
Making his debut at the recent ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico, Indian shooter Shahzar Rizvi set a world record in the men’s 10m air pistol event with 243.2 points in the final. That won him the gold medal, leaving reigning Olympic champion Christian Reitz of Germany to settle for a silver medal with 239.7 points, and India’s Jitu Rai to take home bronze with 219.
India won three medals at the World Cup, as 17-year-old Mehuli Ghosh also won a bronze medal in her senior World Cup debut. She set a world junior record with 228.4 points in the women’s 10m air rifle event.
Rizvi was motivated partly by a recent disappointment: when India announced its 27-member shooting team that will compete in next month’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Rizvi was left off the team.
“I had a point to prove,” he told ESPN. “I wanted to show people I was the best.”
Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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