The sixth International University Sports Federation’s (FISU) World University Shooting Championships was held at Bydgoszcz, Poland from the 14th and went on till the 18th of September. Thirty four Indian shooters went to compete in the Championships and they shone. Rifle specialist Akhil Sheoran bagged two medals in the Men’s Air Rifle events.
He competed in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle event and won a gold against Poland’s Tomasz Bartnik by 2 points and scoring a total of 207.0 points. Along with Ekambir Singh and Milanpreet Singh, the trio secured another gold in the 10m Air Rifle team event.
Akhil completed his graduation from Delhi University and went on to pursue MBA from Jamia Milia Islamia University. The champion shooter had aspired to qualify for the Rio Olympics earlier this year but missed the mark by a hair’s breadth when he qualified fourth in the Asia Shooting qualifiers.
However this is not his first medal in shooting. The star athlete had won a bronze in the 10m Air Rifle team event, in the 2015 World University Championships held in Gwangju, South Korea. He says he biggest disappointment was not qualifying for the Rio Games and this win helped to numb the pain a little. Other than Sheoran, Chandigarh’s Vinita Bharadwaj also bagged a gold against China’s Olympic Bronze winner Yi Siling, scoring 206.0 and defeating her by two-tenths of a point.
With inputs from sportskeeda.com
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