Emerging talent Sift Kaur Samra has made her mark on the global stage, contributing significantly to India’s Paris Olympics quota by displaying her prowess in the Women’s 50m rifle three-positions event at the ISSF World Championship. Despite securing a fifth-place finish and missing out on a medal, the 21-year-old showcased her potential in the shooting arena.
Having previously claimed victory in her preferred event at the World University Games held in Chengdu, Samra entered the ISSF World Championship with determination. Her exceptional performance not only earned her a finals berth but also secured India’s sixth Paris Olympic quota spot. She amassed a record score of 589 points in the national qualification.
However, the competition in the finals proved to be intense, with Chinese shooters dominating the podium. Zhang Qiongyue clinched the gold with a finals score of 465.3, followed by her compatriot Han Jiayu with silver at 463.5. American Sagen Maddalena secured the bronze, while Samra concluded her campaign with a score of 429.1.
Reflecting on her achievement, Samra expressed her excitement, stating, “I am feeling so excited about winning the quota and it was really a fun match for me.” She acknowledged the significance of her accomplishment, especially being the first woman to secure a 50m quota spot.
Samra’s journey in the competition saw her deliver an impressive kneeling score of 192. She further excelled with remarkable scores of 199 and 198 in the prone and standing positions during the qualifying round. Despite facing challenges in the finals, Samra demonstrated resilience by steadily climbing up to secure a commendable fifth-place finish.
With Samra’s achievement, India’s Paris Olympics quota tally now stands at six. The country’s representation at the Games will benefit from the performances of talents like Sift Kaur Samra, Mehuli Ghosh, and Akhil Sheoran, who have earned quota places through their exceptional skill and dedication.
As India strives to excel in the sports arena, Samra’s accomplishment stands as a testament to the country’s commitment to nurturing and promoting emerging talents. Her journey serves as an inspiration to aspiring athletes and showcases the nation’s potential on the global stage.