Shahzar Rizvi missed out on a place in the Indian shooting squad for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games due to the team size limit but the latest world rankings would come as a morale-booster ahead of the Asian Games and other international meets coming up later this year.
The 23-year-old has become the world no. 1 in the 10m Air Pistol category close on the heels of winning a silver medal at the just-concluded World Cup in Changwon, Korea.
The ranking, announced by the sport’s apex global body ISSF on Tuesday, has another Indian, Jitu Rai, at number 6. Om Prakash Mitharwal, who won two bronze medals at the CWG, is at 12 in the 10m Air Pistol category.
Rizvi is at the top spot with 1654 rating points, way ahead of Russia’s Artem Chernousov (1046) and Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda (803).The Russian had, incidentally, pipped him to the gold medal at Changwon by a mere 0.2 points!
In March, Shahzar Rizvi had created a new world record and won the gold medal in his category at the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Other Indians Too Make A Mark
Haryana schoolgirl Manu Bhaker, who won a gold medal in the Women’s 10m Air Pistol event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, is at no. 4 in the world rankings for this category. Bhaker had stunned the world earlier this year by winning two gold medals at the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico.
In the rankings for 10m Air Rifle, Ravi Kumar is placed fourth while Deepak Kumar is at number 9. The list for the 50m Rifle 3 positions category has Akhil Sheoran at fourth place and Sanjeev Rajput at eighth.
The 10m Women’s Air Rifle rankings had Commonwealth Games silver medalist Mehuli Ghosh at number seven. Anjum Moudgil has been ranked eighth in the 50 Women’s Rifle 3 positions category.