After Manavjit Singh Sandhu’s bronze winning performance in the men’s trap competition, it was a mixed bag of results from the Indian camp at the World Cup Shotgun being held in Acapulco, Mexico.
In the double trap men’s event, the Indian shooters failed to qualify for the knockout stages, with Ankur Mittal coming in 12th. The Delhi born 22-year-old, hit a total of 137 targets (30, 25, 27, 28, 27) to become the best placed Indian of the lot. Mittal cleaned up the first round, but missed 5 targets in the second, 3 in the third, 2 in the fourth and could manage only 27 hits in the final round.
Mohd Asab and Sangram Dahiya, could manage to hit 136 targets each, to be placed 15th and 16th respectively.
Reigning ISSF World Cup champion Jeffrey Holguin of the USA won the title in a shoot-off after he was tied with China’s Hu Binyuan with 28 hits. In the shoot-offs, Holguin hit 8 over Binyuan’s 7. Both clinched the 2016 Rio Olympics quotas. American Derek Haldeman bagged the bronze medal with a win (again through shootouts) over Kuwait’s Fehaid Aldeehani.
Though not medal-worthy, the way the Indian shooters have fared in men’s double trap at the 2015 World Cup Shotgun (three in top 20), sounds encouraging. Let us all keep our fingers crossed and hope that India starts getting quote places for Rio 2016 faster.
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