The 16-year-old Muskan won India’s fourth individual gold at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney on Wednesday when she completed in the centre of the podium in the women’s 25m Pistol event.

Muskan secured gold with 35 hits, while China’s Qin Sihang completed with 34 to make due with silver. It’s the first ISSF medal for both the shooters.

Thailand’s Kanyakorn Hirunphoem won the bronze medal with 26 hits.

Muskan, who completed fourth last year’s ISSF Junior World Championship in Suhl, Germany, led the pack toward the finish of the 6th round when she nailed an perfect 5-hit series and found up sitting on a 3-point advantage over her closest rival, Sihang.

Muskan effectively safeguarded that lead throughout the rest of the final, taking gold with 35 hits, while Sihang completed with 34 and the silver award around her neck.

A moment Indian finalist – 16-year-old Manu Bhaker – was put in fourth position with 18 hits, surviving a shoot-off toward the finish of the 6th series against Zhu Siying (16) of China.

Zhu at that point took sixth place with 12 hits, while her teammate Xiao Jiaruixuan (15) was put fifth with 14 hits, regardless of a 2-point penalty given to her for early stacking.

At last, two first-time participants – India’s 18-year-old Arunima Gaur and China’s Li Xue – separately took the seventh place with 8 hits and eighth place with 7.

In the interim, the Indian trio of Anantjeet Singh Naruka, Ayush Rudraraju and Gurnilal Singh Garcha packed away the group silver in men’s lesser skeet with a sum of 348.

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