Lajja Gauswami clinches silver at ISSF World Cup
Shooter wins India's first medal at Granada in women's 50-metre rifle three position event
Lajja Gauswami won silver in the women’s 50-metre rifle three position event at the ISSF World Cup in Granada, Spain.
Gauswami (24), a bronze medallist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, shot 584 in the qualification round and 454 in the finals to stand second ahead of Norway’s Malin Westerheim, who shot 443.9 in the finals.
Petra Zublasing of Italy won the gold after scoring 459.1 in the medal round. Gauswami totalled 152.4 over three series in kneeling, scored 154.8 in prone and 146.8 while standing to win the country’s first medal in the tournament.
Despite enjoying a fine run in 2011, Gauswami, who hails from Anand district in Gujarat could not make it to the 11-member team for the London Olympics.
Meanwhile, London Olympics silver medallist Vijay Kumar could not qualify for the finals of the men’s 25-m rapid fire pistol event finishing 13th in the qualification round.