Former National Champion Mairaj Ahmad Khan put up a brilliant performance but narrowly missed a top 10 finish in men’s skeet at the season’s third World Cup Shotgun event in Larnaca, Cyprus on Monday. The veteran shooter who finished fifth at the 2014 Asian Games, eventually ended in the 11th place out of a field of 121 shooters.
A bad 4th round costs Mairaj Ahmad Khan dearly
Mairaj Ahmad Khan started off flawlessly after shooting all 25 birds in the first round. After a score of 24 in the second round and another 25 in the third, the Indian was in the fourth place with two more rounds to go.
But a bad fourth round which saw him miss 3 birds, led to Mairaj dropping out of contention for a medal. Even though he posted another brilliant score of 25 in the final round, it was not enough to haul him back into the top 10. He finished 11th with a total score of 121.
His compatriots Angad Vir Singh Bajwa and Smit Singh finished in the 45th and 55th places respectively. While Angad shot 117 (22, 24, 23, 24, 24), Smit could manage a score of 116 (22, 24, 22, 23, 25).
Saif Bin Futtais of the UAE claims gold
Saif Bin Futtais of the United Arab Emirates pocketed the gold in this event after beating Marcus Svensson of Sweden 4-3 in a shootoff in the final. The two were tied at 14 at the end of the gold medal match. Anton Astakhov of Russia secured the bronze.
Futtais and Svensson grabbed the two available Olympic quota places from the men’s skeet competition.
The next event is Men’s Double Trap which will be held on 29th April. Follow Sports Rediscovered for all updates from the World Cup Shotgun at Larnaca.