Iranian sports shooter Vahid Golkhandan has featured acceptable precision skills at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup 2017 Rifle / Pistol / Shotgun tournament in India, and collected a bronze medal.
On Wednesday, the 33-Iranian sportsman scored 208.0 points in the men's 50m pistol event at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range in the Indian capital city of New Delhi, and landed in the third spot to take away the bronze.
Indian contestant Amanpreet Singh finished in the second place with a score of 226.9 points, and claimed the silver medal.
His compatriot Jitu Rai shot a total of 230.1 points – a world record – to finish on top of the podium, and clinch the yellow metal in the ongoing ISSF World Cup.
“It's amazing to win this gold medal during the first combined World Cup held here in India, in front of my supporters. It's a great honor and a true emotion to see the Indian flag flying high,” Rai said.
He added, “I didn't have a perfect start today, but I guess that's the fun of the sport. I like it that way. Uncertainty is part of the game, otherwise there is no excitement. I climbed into the lead shot after shot and I think it was a nice match.”
“I closed the 2016 season with a World Cup Final silver. I always dreamt about starting 2017 in the best way here in India… I am planning to compete in all World Cup stages this year. We have ISSF World Cup in Munich ahead of us, and I will work to correct a few things before flying there. I am looking forward to the rest of the season,” Rai pointed out.
The ISSF World Cup 2017 Rifle / Pistol / Shotgun tournament began in New Delhi, India, on February 22, and will conclude on March 4.
The sports event has brought together more than 450 male and female sports shooter from 45 countries, including Australia, Britain, China, Germany, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam.