14-Year-old Indian Wins Gold in ISSF Junior World Championship

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Naamya Kapoor, 14 years old from India, earned a gold medal in the ISSF World Junior Championship in Lima on Monday with a stunning performance in the 25m pistol event.

The teenager took first place on the podium, ahead of famed compatriot Manu Bhaker, who took third place.

When Naamya, 14, won the women’s 25m pistol gold on Monday, she became the youngest Indian shooter to win an international medal.

On her way to the gold, Naamya, the youngest among the eight finalists, defeated many experienced shooters, including Manu Bhaker.

Kapoor won the tournament with a score of 36, beating out France’s Camille Jedrzejewski and 19-year-old Olympian Bhakar. 

However, Olympian Bhaker has already won three gold medals in the tournament so far.

Meanwhile, India went to the top of the table in the ISSF World Junior Shooting Championship in Lima with 16 medals, including 7 gold medals.

After a shoot-off, Bhaker had to settle for bronze after the French markswoman won.

As India dominated the finals, another Indian shooter, Rhythm Sangwan, finished fourth.

With a total of 580 points, Kapoor finished sixth in the qualifier, while Bhaker (587) and Sangwan (586) took the first two slots.

The Delhi youngster is competing in her first international tournament following being selected for the Indian team in August after finishing second in the national trials.

In August, Delhi’s Kapoor shot the second-best qualifying score of 583 to place fifth in the national shooting selection trials at the Dr. Karni Singh Range.

The tournament has 32 nations and over 370 athletes, making it the first multi-discipline shooting event since the Tokyo Olympics.

However, India is in first place with 16 medals, including seven gold, six silver, and three bronze.

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