The 22-year-old shooter — participating in his first ISSF World Cup — bested India’s 24-year-old Anjum Moudgil and People’s Republic of China’s Sun Ting, who respectively won silver and bronze.
Day 6 at the ISSF World Cup Stage 1 in Guadalajara (MEX) opened with the women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions final, where the 2014 Junior World Champion in this event secured the first World Cup medal of her career.
Indeed, People’s Republic of China’s 22-year-old Pei Ruijiao took gold at the end of a tight duel with India’s Anjum Moudgil, who finished with the silver medal around her neck. The Chinese shooter, who was initially leading the match at the end of the kneeling phase, sealed the win with a consistent performance in the standing position, overtaking Moudgil and finishing with 455.4 points.
The Indian 24-year-old, who temporarily took the lead at the end of the prone position, concluded with 454.2 points.
The podium was completed by another Chinese shooter — Sun Ting — who secured the bronze medal and finished with 442.2 points.
Previous to the final, Pei Ruijiao had also set a new Qualification World Record with 1178 points.
Sun was followed by Austria’s 30-year-old Franziska Peer — silver medalist in this event at the ISSF World Cup in Baku (AZE) in 2016 — and by Germany’s current leader of the World Ranking in this event Jolyn Beer (23), who respectively took 4th place with 430.7 points and 5th with 421.4.
Slovenian athlete Ziva Dvorsak () entered her second final in Guadalajara, besting the 8th place she nailed in the Air Rifle event and finishing 6th with 410.5 points.
At the 40th-shot mark, the 7th and 8th positions were determined, and Beate Koestel and Zhao Huixin were eliminated. The German 33-year-old — participating in her first final since 2006 — placed 7th with 399.9 points, while the Chinese 29-year-old finished in 8th place with 399.3.
The ISSF World Cup Stage 1 in Guadalajara (MEX) will continue on Saturday with three more finals: the 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men, scheduled at 12:45 pm (UTC-6:00), the 25m Pistol Women, scheduled at 2:30 pm, and the Skeet Women, taking place at 5:00 pm.