Patil also achieved a 2024 Paris Olympics quota for the country in the process. This was India’s second Olympic quota.
18-year-old Patil defeated Italy’s Danilo Dennis Sollazzo 17-13 in the gold medal match after a brilliant attempt from behind.
This year, there are four quota spots available for Olympic events at the World Championship.
India had recently earned its first quota at the Shotgun World Championship in Croatia, courtesy of Bhowneesh Mendiratta in the men’s trapping event.
Overall, Patil is the sixth Indian archer to win gold at World Championships.
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Patil appeared in his first World Championship and trailed 4-10 in the new format in the gold medal match to determine the top two.
The Italian shooter held the lead for most of the final, but the Indian made a stunning comeback to emerge victorious.
Patil led the qualification and secured the quota after entering the gold medal match in second place in the rankings round.
Bindra, champion of the Beijing Olympics in 2008, had won gold at the world championship in 2006 in Zagreb, Croatia for his 10m pet air rifle.
Silver medalist at the Junior World Championships in Lima last year and gold medalist at the Junior World Cup in Suhl earlier this year, this was Patil’s first top of the podium at the senior level.
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He had broken through to the senior team early in the year, finishing seventh and eleventh in the Baku and Cairo World Cups.
With the top eight advancing to the next ranking round, Patil hissed with a 633.9 to take down a quality field of 114 shooters.
Among those left behind on the day were legends like Yang Haoran (two-time Olympic gold winner and two-time world champion) of China, reigning Olympic champion William Shanner of the US, Chinese teenager and silver medalist of the Tokyo Olympics Lihao Sheng and Olympic medalists Serhiy Kulhish of Ukraine and Alexis Raynaud of France.
Teammate Arjun Babuta, who shot 625.3, finished in 22nd place.
In the 25-shot ranking round, split into five runs of five shots each, Patil had a steady start and moved up to fourth after 10 shots with a score of 104.2.
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Compatriot Kiran Jadhav, who had also made the top eight with sixth overall in qualifying, fell in eighth at this stage along with Raynaud, who finished seventh.
He took the lead after the third round of shots with 157, 0.1 for Italian Sollazzo and 0.7 for Yang Haoran as the fifth and sixth place shooters bowed, securing India a quota place in Paris.
Patil continued to shine and a 10.8 in his 19th and a 10.3 in the 10th meant he kept the lead after the fourth run. At that point, his lead was 0.3 over the Italian and a full point ahead of Lihao Sheng, who had overtaken compatriot Haoran.
However, the Italian had a strong final run and wrestled the Indian’s lead at the end of the match, but Patil still made the gold medal round, finishing 0.1 to Lihao, who settled for bronze.
Patil finished 261.9 against Sollazzo’s 262.7.
The gold medal match
The gold medal match turned into a dogfight. Patil and Danilo share points three times in the shootout, including in the first two rounds.
At one point, the Italian was leading 8-4, then 10-6 and then 13-9, but Patil never let him out of sight. After winning a close round to narrow the gap to 11-13, Patil shot a 10.8 into Danilo’s next 10.7 and the scores tied at 13-13.
Patil fired 10.7 and 10.5 in the next two attempts at Danilo’s 10.4 and 10.2, securing his win.
India’s junior shooters continued to impress as Udhayveer Sidhu and Esha Singh finished best after the first qualifying round of their 25m pistol men’s and women’s junior events. Udhayveer shot 290 on the first precision lap while Esha shot 294.
In the junior men’s 25m pistol, Unish Holinder was 13th with 282, while Sameer scored 280 to lie 19th. Also in the junior women’s competition, Naamya Kapoor shot 283 to get in 18th place, Vibhuti Bhatia 280 in 21st, Khushi Kapoor 279 in 24th and Divanshi shot 278 to lie in 25th position.
In the junior mixed team 50m event, the pair Nishchal and Surya Pratap Singh went down 6-16 in the bronze medal match against Americans Katie Zaun and Rylan Kissell.
In the men’s 50 meter rifle 3 positions, India’s Sartaj Tiwana finished seventh with a score of 580 to qualify for the rankings. Pankaj Mukheja and Surya Pratap Singh finished 13th and 28th with scores of 577 and 570 respectively.