However, the rifle women shooters’ struggles continued as they couldn’t get past the qualification hurdle in the women’s air rifle team event.
Pistol ace Saurabh Chaudhary brought some cheer late on Thursday with a bronze medal effort in the men’s 10m air pistol event on Day 1 of the ISSF World Cup in Osijek, Croatia.
Former India shooter Suma Shirur, who is now the high-performance coach of the national rifle team, sought blessings before their departure.
As reported by this daily earlier, the NRAI had been trying to get all the necessary arrangements sorted for shooters to go abroad for training.
Ravi finished fourth in his fifth World Cup final in two years and the youngster Arjun, playing his first senior World Cup, also gave a good account of himself to claim the sixth place in a top field.
India will be hosting the annual event for the first time, where the top performers in four editions of the World Cups get selected.
NRAI president Raninder Singh today expressed optimism that a smooth conduct of the year's first World Cup.