Meerut’s Saurabh smashes own record at world championships


New york : Asian Games gold-medallist and shooting sensation Saurabh Chaudhary smashed his own world record in the men’s junior 10m Air Pistol event here at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship in Changwon on Thursday.

Arjun Singh Cheema settled for a bronze in the same event and the Indian team took the silver, propelled by Chaudhary’s phenomenal individual performance.

The 16-year-old Chaudhary, qualified third with a score of 581 before shooting down his own world record with a score of 245.5 in the final. Singh managed 218 once the field was pruned to eight following the qualifying round.

Korean Hojin Lim, who made the finals as the top qualifier, finished second with a final score of 243.1 for the silver medal.

The Indian team of Chaudhary, Singh and Anmol, who could not make the individual final, claimed the silver with a combined score of 1730.

The gold was snared by the Korean team, which broke the world record with its total of 1732. Russia picked up the bronze with a score of 1711.

Chaudhary, who picked up the sport only three years ago surprised everyone with his maturity to keep calm under the pressure at the Asian Games.

A student of class XI Chaudhary learnt the tricks of the trade at Amit Sheoran’s academy at Benoli near Baghpat, 53 kilometres from Meerut.