Slovakia’s Veronika Vadovicova claimed her third gold in as many days at the World Shooting Para Sport World Cup in Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates today.
The world and three time Paralympic champion fired a score of 247.5 points in the R2 women’s 10 metres air rifle standing SH1 event which was a new world record.
Fifteen-year-old Avani Lekhara shot a junior world record of 244.4 to take India’s second silver medal of the competition, also on her international debut.
Thailand’s Chutima Saenlar completed the podium in third on 221.7.
Hungary’s Krisztina David also registered a new world record in P2 women’s 10m air pistol SH1.
The European Championships bronze medallist repeated her winning performance from the 2016 World Cup in the same venue, clearly favouring the range at the Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club by shooting an impressive 230.7.
India’s Pooja Agarwal impressed at her first World Cup appearance, claiming silver on 228.4.
Agarwal showed her potential to challenge for gold medals, taking the lead from David in the fourth elimination round.
However a 7.5 in the final round put her just out of contention.
Thailand’s Somporn Muangsiri secured bronze on 201.8, her first World Cup top three finish.
Elsewhere today, Poland’s Szymon Sowinski improved on his bronze medal from earlier in the competition by taking gold in the P5 mixed 10m air pistol standard SH1 event.
The Pole was victorious with his score of 352.
A thrilling shoot-off between Ukraine’s pistol Paralympic gold medallist Oleksii Denysiuk and Brazil’s Geraldo Rosenthal for the remaining podium places saw the Ukrainian take silver.
Rosenthal took bronze, the second World Cup P5 medal of his career.
Action is set to continue tomorrow and will feature the R4 mixed 10m air rifle standing SH2 competition.