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Mehuli Ghosh wins medal, Paris quota at shooting Worlds


Mehuli Ghosh had been giving hints this might happen.

Domestic scores are, and should be, taken with a pinch of salt but when Ghosh shot a staggering 637 points in the qualification stage of the Khelo India University Games in May, it seemed like things were clicking into place. The current ISSF world record in the women’s 10m air rifle event is 635.3 and she went flying past that mark.

On Saturday, Ghosh won the bronze medal at the 2023 Baku World Championships in the same event, shooting 229.8 to finish third. She also managed to snag India’s fourth 2024 Paris Olympics quota spot. Fifteen-year-old Tilottama Sen, ranked 18th in the world and in her first senior World Championships, finished fourth behind Ghosh.

“I can still feel the nerves that I was feeling in the finals. It was a heck of a final for me. It was a very tough fight for everyone. There was only a small difference between each of us so it was an exciting and nerve-wrecking match. I’m very proud that I was able to win a medal and a quota for India,” said Ghosh after the final.

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