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Dhanush upsets World Cupmedallist Babuta, wins airrifle gold

Press Trust of India  |  Pune 

Telangana's Friday upstaged two-time Junior bronze medallist Arjun Babuta of Punjab in men's under-21 10m air rifle final in the Khelo India Youth Games here and claimed the gold.

Dhanush was a picture of consistency through the day, topping the qualification with 629.7, his best score.

He showed nerves of in the final where he was ahead of competition after each shot.

The 16-year-old, who has been shooting for just over two years after becoming a taekwondo Dan 2, is a product of Project Leap run by Olympic medallist Gagan Narang's Gun for Glory.

Arjun Babuta, who won Junior bronze medal in Gabala in 2016 and in last year, was third in qualification and remained in that spot in the final.

Goa's earned silver, a mere 1.3 points behind the lad.

Dhanush's mother revealed that he had a -- a hearing -- in his first year.

"He has been a happy, active child and has not needed to go to a special school," she was quoted as saying in a

Meanwhile, the U-17 final produced fireworks with only 0.2 points separating gold medallist of Madhya Pradesh from Rajasthan's Divyansh Singh.

Results(finals): Men's under-21 10m air rifle: 1. (Telangana) 248.9; 2.(Goa) 247. 6; 3. (Punjab) 225.6.

Men's under-17 10m air rifle: 1. (Madhya Pradesh) 250.9; 2.Divyansh Singh P (Rajasthan) 250.7; Yashvardhan (Rajasthan) 228.1.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 17:55 IST
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