Divya and Sarabjot Win Mixed Team Pistol Gold at Baku World Cup
Indian shooters Divya Kumar and Sarabjot Singh created history by winning the mixed team pistol gold medal at the 2021 Baku World Cup. The duo dominated the final match and secured the top spot on the podium with 16 points. They defeated Serbia’s Zorana Arunovic and Damir Mikec, who finished second with 14 points. While Polish team Klaudia Bres and Tomasz Bartnik bagged the bronze medal with 12 points.
The event took place on September 1, 2021, at the Baku shooting ranges in Azerbaijan. As per the rules, each team consisted of one male and one female shooter. The mixed team event format included a qualifying round, where each team had to shoot 25 shots. The top-six teams in the qualifiers moved on to the final match, where they shot an additional 20 shots.
Divya and Sarabjot qualified for the finals with a score of 487-6x. Despite being in a tough competition with several experienced shooters, they kept their cool and performed consistently throughout the event.
In the finals, Divya and Sarabjot started strong as they secured a four-point lead after the first ten shots. They maintained their lead throughout the match and ended up winning a well-deserved gold medal.
This is the first international medal for Divya, who is a 22-year-old shooter from Rajasthan. Talking about her performance, she said, “I’m very happy to have won gold in my first international event. It’s a great feeling, and I’m thrilled to have achieved this feat with my partner, Sarabjot.”
Sarabjot Singh, who is a young and promising shooter from Punjab, also expressed his joy and said, “This win is a big boost for my confidence, and I’m happy to have won a gold medal for my country. It’s a dream come true.”
The mixed team pistol event made its Olympic debut at the 2020 Tokyo Games and is gaining popularity among shooters and fans alike. With their exceptional performance at the Baku World Cup, Divya and Sarabjot have proven that they have the potential to achieve greater heights in this discipline.
Their win at the Baku World Cup is a proud moment for India, and it will inspire many young shooters to take up the sport and achieve excellence in it. We wish them all the best for their future endeavors.