In September 2018, Anjum became the first Indian shooter to secure am Olympic quota for India. She claimed silver medal in Women’s 10m air rifle event at ISSF World Championships in South Korea and emerged on top.
The remarkable shooter from Himachal Pradesh went ahead in the game to surpass the likes of world No. 1 Elavenil Valarivan, World No. 3 Apurvi Chandela, Anjum Moudgil and West Bengal’s Mehuli Ghosh.
Mehuli outclassed her senior’s record score, thus creating a new world record but the results of the South Asian Games aren’t recognised by the ISSF for maintaining records so Mehuli’s record would be counted as an unofficial score.
The 20-year-old from Tamil Nadu had earlier won gold medals at ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney and Suhl in 2018.
Manu Bhaker is an Asian Champion, a Youth Olympics Champion and reigning Commonwealth Champion.
“Although I missed out on the gold, I am still very proud to hold the national record. Some really classy names I climbed up over” – Rajeshwari Kumari
Shreyasi shot 42 out of 50 birds to claim the medal, bettered topper Rajeshwari Kumari of Punjab who managed 38 hits to settle for silver.
Veteran women’s rifle shooter Sawant, who also competes in the 50m rifle prone, shot an incredible gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia, last year.
Mehuli stole the limelight, winning the senior women’s 10m air rifle with a score of 252. She surpassed the score of Madhya Pradesh’s Shreya Agrawal who finished with 251.2 to earn second place.
Elavenil is only the third Indian shooter after Apurvi Chandela and Anjali Bhagwat to win a gold medal at the event.
Last year, the new shooting prodigy was felicitated as the national champion, after she bettered India’s best—Heena Sidhu and Manu Bhaker to win three gold medals at the 62nd National Shooting Championships.
Elavenil Valarivan broke the previous record held by fellow Indian shooter Mehuli Ghosh. This was her first participation in the finals.