India's Sift Kaur Samra put up an inspired performance to clinch her second senior medal at the international level, beating a tough field to win the 50m rifle 3P bronze at the ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup on Sunday.
On a day when China continued their domination, with Zhang Qiongyue winning gold in the event, Samra, the reigning national champion, scored a total of 403.9 points in the ranking round to finish third, even as Zhang (414.7 points) and Czech Republic's Aneta Brabcova (411.3) entered the title round. In the gold-medal round, Zhand defeated her Czech rival 16-8.
India are currently second on the medals table behind China with one gold, one silver and five bronze medals.
Samra added to the bronze medal she had won last year at the World Cup in Changwon, China. All eyes were on world championships silver medallist in air rifle Anjum Moudgil in the preliminary round of the 3P event. But Samra was in a different zone on Sunday, shooting a superb series in all three positions to emerge second best at the end of the qualification round with a score of 588.
Samra shot a total of 194 (99, 95) in kneeling position, a perfect 200 in prone (100, 100) and 194 in standing (97, 97), while Anjum slipped to 17th with a score of 583. The third Indian in the fray, Manini Kaushik, missed the eighth and last qualification spot on the count of 'inner 10s'.
Samra, 21, who had some of the best scores in the trials held in New Delhi ahead of the World Cup, did well in kneeling position -- 102.2 (51.7, 50.5) -- and prone -- 103.4 (51.8, 51.6) --, her 'standing' scores let her down. She averaged 50.4 in the first standing series but thereafter her scores slipped further and she managed just 196.3 (50.4, 49.0, 49.2 and 49.7) in that position to finish with bronze.