Teenage sensation Saurabh Chaudhary has broken the junior shooting world record for the second time in less than three months. The 2018 Asian Games gold medalist won the Men’s 10m Air Pistol event at the ISSF Junior World Championships in Changwon, South Korea, on Thursday.
He ended with a final score of 245.5, a new junior shooting world record. In doing so, went past the existing record of 243.7 he had himself come up with at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany, on 26 June this year.
Even more amazing is the fact that both these scores are better than the existing senior shooting world record of 243.6 points. Ukraine shooter Oleh Omelchuk holds the senior world record in Men’s 10m Air Pistol since the ISSF World Cup held in Munich, Germany, in May this year.
Seventeen-year old Arjun Singh Cheema added to the joy in the Indian camp as he joined Saurabh on the podium in the third place, begging bronze with 218.0 points.
Fresh From Asian Games Success
The young shooter had stunned an experienced line-up at the Jakarta Palembang Asian Games to win a gold medal. Holding his nerves, he went past Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda, setting a new Games record of 240.7 in the final
Speaking to The Times of India after his achievement at Changwon, Chaudhary said that he was confident of winning a medal, especially after his Asian Games gold. “I didn’t think of the world record, and my plan was just to shoot well. I am glad I was able to win gold. This is really special,” he said.
His coach Jaspal Rana told the publication that for him, the world record score was bigger than the gold. But as an Indian, the gold held equal importance to me, he added. One of India’s finest shooters, Rana has won gold medals at the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games.