The combined performance in the Egyptian capital for the rifle/pistol competitions and Osijek, Croatia (where the shotgun worlds were held) is a much improved display from the previous world championships in Changwon, Korea in 2018, when the squad finished with 27 medals.
India also took three Olympic quotas for 2024 in Paris, while winning two Tokyo Games quota places from the Changwon worlds.
Even from the perspective of Olympic events, India had silver on the Changwon worlds, while improving that to gold this year, won by Rudrankksh Balasaheb Patil in the men’s 10m air rifle competition.
In addition to the quota won by Rudrankksh, Swapnil Kusale won a quota in the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions, a first for India in the event at the worlds and Bhowneesh Mendiratta won a quota in the men’s stage in Osijek.
India’s last competitor on the worlds of Cairo, Omkar Singh, shot a 578 to finish 13th in the men’s 25m center fire pistol event. Former Olympic champion Christian Reitz of Germany shot 588 to win gold.
The Olympic events, with many new faces and first-timers, saw Rhythm Sangwan finish fifth in the women’s 25m pistol, Anjum Moudgil sixth in the women’s 3P and Shiva Narwal eighth in the men’s 10m air pistol.
Esha Singh emerged as the most successful Indian archer with three gold and one silver medal, followed by Sameer Gulia who took two silver and two bronze.
Rudrankksh, Ramita and Samrat Rana also won two gold medals each and Vijayveer Sidhu defended his 25m standard pistol men’s junior title while also taking a bronze medal.