Young Rudrankksh Patil on Friday won gold in the men’s 10m air rifle event in the ISSF World Championship here, becoming only the second Indian to achieve the feat after the legendary Abhinav Bindra. Patil also secured a 2014 Paris Olympics quota for the country. This was India’s second Olympic quota. The 18-year-old Rudrankksh beat Italy’s Danilo Dennis Sollazzo 17-13 in the gold medal match after a brilliant come-from-behind effort.
This year, four quota spots are available in Olympic events at the World Championship. India earned their first quota at the Shotgun World Championship in Croatia recently, courtesy of Bhowneesh Mendiratta in the men’s trap event. Appearing in his maiden World Championship, Rudrankksh was trailing 4-10 in the new format in the gold medal match to decide the top two. The Italian shooter maintained the lead for the majority of the final but the Indian produced a stunning comeback for emerging a winner.
Rudraksha topped the qualification and was assured of the quota after he entered the gold medal match in second place in the ranking round. Beijing 2008 Olympics champion Bindra won his World Championship gold in his pet 10m air rifle event in 2006 in Zagreb, Croatia.