Former world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu won India’s first medal at the 2015 World Cup Shotgun held in Acapulco, Mexico. The veteran shooter had 12 hits in the shootoff to claim the bronze medal in men’s trap in the season’s first World Cup on Tuesday. Sadly, Manavjit Singh Sandhu missed the Olympic qualification quota by a whisker as the slot is allotted only to the first two position holders.
The other two Indians in the fray – Prithviraj Tondaiman and Zoravar Singh Sandhu – finished 24th and 49th respectively. Prithviraj had a score of 120 (25, 24, 25, 22, 24) after the first five rounds of qualification while Zoravar could manage only 117 (25, 24, 22, 23, 23) and thus could not proceed to the knock-out stages.
The gold medal went to Italy’s Massimo Fabbrizi who beat the legendary Australian Michael Diamond in the final contest.
Manavjit Singh Sandhu finished 2nd after qualification rounds
At the end of the first two rounds on Monday, all the three Indians were tied with a score of 49. While Manavjit was placed 9th, Zoravar was ranked 15th and Prithviraj was at the 18th position.
After the completion of three more rounds on Tuesday, it was Manavjit Singh Sandhu who shot up to the second position with a total score of 123 (24, 25, 25, 24, 25). Only one point separated him from the two-time Olympic champion Michael Diamond who finished with 124 at the end of the five qualification rounds.
The 38-year-old Sandhu was the only Indian to progress to the knock-out phase as his compatriots slid down the rankings.
12 hits for Manavjit in semis
In the semi-finals, the ace Indian shooter had 12 hits as he missed three targets. Australian Michael Diamond and Italian Massimo Fabbrizi both shot 13 to advance to the gold medal match. Manavjit had to fight it out with Portugal’s Joao Azevedo for the bronze.
Gritty fight in the bronze medal match
There was a gritty fight in the bronze medal contest as both Manavjit and Azevedo had 12 hits and the winner had to be decided in a shootoff. Experience prevailed over youth as the Indian scored 12 over 11 from Azevedo who was making his first appearance in an ISSF World Cup final.
Former world number one Manavjit Singh Sandhu had tasted glory even before in the Mexican city of Acapulco as he had won the gold back in 2010.
Fabbrizi pips Diamond in gold medal match
In the gold medal match, reigning World Cup champion Massimo Fabbrizi emerged victorious as he hit 12 targets while Michael Diamond finished with 11. More importantly, they won the two coveted Olympic quota places.
Action continues at the World Cup Shotgun with the men’s double trap event scheduled on Thursday. Stay tuned to Sports Rediscovered for all the updates.