LPU student won gold medal in world shooting competition in Korea, Excel Olympic silver medalist

Arjun Babuta, a student of Lovely Professional University (LPU), has won the international gold medal in the 10m air rifle final at a Shooting World Cup held in Korea. The MA student in Journalism and Mass Communication represented India and won the gold medal on the very first day. The university said he overtook Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Lukas Kozeniski of the United States with a 17-9 final victory effort in a one-sided contest.

Shooting competitions in rifle, pistol, shotgun have been organized by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) in Changwon, Korea, which will continue till July 21. Away, in the ongoing World Cup. Arjun, who hails from Mohali in Punjab, had earlier qualified for the gold medal by topping the rankings match with 261.1 points.

Around 450 athletes from 43 countries are participating in 30 events of the World Cup. This will provide an opportunity not only to compete for medals, but also to get “world ranking” points. “It seems that the LPU student is moving towards capturing the ‘Blue Cross’, another highest award of ISSF for the country, as has been done earlier by the country’s ace shooter Abhinav Bindra,” the university said.

LPU Pro Chancellor Rashmi Mittal congratulated the winning student and her mentors at LPU. He also shared that the students at LPU are properly guided, trained and skilled as per their talent and global requirements. This is the reason why LPU students remain in the limelight in diverse fields of research, innovation, entrepreneurship, cultural activities, placements, social services or sports.

Established 115 years ago (in 1907), the ISSF is the governing body of Olympic shooting events in the rifle, pistol and shotgun disciplines, and several non-Olympic shooting sporting events. Currently, it is affiliated with over 150 national shooting federations across Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

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