Rudrankksh Patil wins 10m air rifle gold at Worlds, secures Paris Olympics quota

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Rudrankksh Patil won gold in men's 10m air rifle event in the ISSF World Championship in Cairo on Friday. He is only the second Indian to achieve the feat after Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra, who had won gold in this event in 2006 in Zagreb, Croatia. This was Rurankksh's maiden appearance at a World Championship.

Patil also secured a 2024 Paris Olympics quota for the country in the process. This was India's second Olympic quota. India had earned their first quota at the Shotgun World Championship in Croatia recently through Bhowneesh Mendiratta in the men's trap event.

The 18-year-old Rudrankksh beat Italy's Danilo Dennis Sollazzo 17-13 in the gold medal match after a brilliant come-from-behind effort that saw him overcome a 4-10 deficit in the gold medal match. The The Italian shooter had maintained the lead for the majority of the final and had looked in control till Rurankksh's late comeback.

The new format sees a ranking round consisting of the eight best shooters from the qualification round, after which which the top two then compete in the gold medal match. Rudrankksh had earlier topped the qualification with a score of 633.9 and was assured of the quota after he entered the gold medal match in second place in the ranking round with a score of 261.9

The other two quotas besides India and Italy went to China (Lihao Sheng finishing 3rd & Haoran Yang 4th) and Czech Republic through Jiri Privatsky (5th).

Of India's other shooters in the event, Kiran Ankush Jadhav finished eighth with a score of 154.2 in the ranking round while Arjun Babuta didn't get out of the qualification round, finishing 48th with a score of 625.3.