After Apurvi Chandela and Jitu Rai’s medal-winning efforts at the Changwon Rifle/Pistol World Cup, it is time to shift our focus to the World Cup Shotgun being held in Larnaca, Cyprus. This is the third World Cup Shotgun event this year and the Indian trap shooters will be keen to grab some Olympic quota places at this prestigious tournament. Former World No. 1 Manavjit Singh Sandhu had missed the quota by a whisker as he finished third at the first World Cup in Acapulco.
Arti Singh started off well
On the first day of the tournament, veteran Arti Singh Rao was in contention in the Women’s Skeet event. The former Asian Shooting Championships gold medallist however, could only manage a 28th place as she shot 67 out of a total of 75. Arti started off well, hitting all 25 targets in the first round. But she missed five in the second round and three in the third which saw her drop out of contention.
Bacosi wins gold
Italy’s Diana Bacosi continued her stupendous form. She clinched her second World Cup Shotgun gold in a row by beating China’s Yu Xiumin. While Bacosi missed one target to score 15, Yu missed three to muster 13 in the gold medal match. Morgan Craft of the USA finished third beating Sutiya Jiewchaloemmit of Thailand.
Out of the medallists, only Yu got an Olympic quota as Bacosi had already grabbed the Olympic quota in the last World Cup Shotgun and the USA has achieved the maximum number of quota places in this particular category. So, the second quota place went to the fourth-placed Jiewchaloemmit of Thailand.
Mairaj Ahmad Khan 17th on Day 1 of qualification
Mairaj Ahmad Khan was the best placed Indian on Day 1 of the qualification round in the Men’s Skeet event. The former National champion was placed 17th after shooting 49 (25, 24).
His compatriots Smit Singh shot 46 (22, 24) to be placed 51st while Angad Vir Singh Bajwa also shot 46 (22, 24) to be ranked 56th in the qualification round.
The Men’s Skeet event will continue on 27th April. Follow Sports Rediscovered for all updates from the World Cup Shotgun at Larnaca.