Two days after veteran skeet shooter, Mairaj Ahmad Khan finished in 11th place, Indian double trap shooter, Ankur Mittal also had a similar result at the season’s third World Cup Shotgun in Larnaca, Cyprus on Wednesday. The 23-year-old notched up a total of 138 out of a possible 150 to miss a place in the knockout stages by 3 points.
The other Indians in contention in men’s double trap – Sangram Dahiya and Mohammed Asab finished 30th and 33rd respectively.
Ankur Mittal the best-placed Indian in Double Trap
Asian Shotgun Championships gold medallist, Ankur Mittal started off with a score of 27 as he missed three birds. Even though his score improved to 28 in the next round, the third round saw a dip in form as he could muster only 27 again. With identical scores of 28 in the last two rounds, his total was 138. Ankur was thus placed 11th out of a field of 55 shooters.
Amongst the other Indians, Sangram Dahiya posted a score of 132 (27, 27, 25, 28, 25), while Mohammed Asab could manage 131 (28, 28, 27, 22, 26).
Antonino Barilla clinches gold
World No. 6 Antonino Barilla of Italy clinched the Men’s Double Trap gold medal. The Italian pipped Enrique Brol of Guatemala 29-27 in the Gold Medal match. This happens to be Barilla’s first ISSF World Cup medal.
The bronze medal went to Pan Qiang of China, who beat Great Britain’s Steven Scott.
Out of the medallists, only silver-medallist Brol and bronze-medallist Qiang secured the Olympic quota places as gold-medallist Barilla had already achieved the quota by winning a silver at the World Championships last year.
Women’s Trap Final next
The next events are Men’s Trap and Women’s Trap. While the Women’s Trap Final is scheduled on 2nd May, the first round of Men’s Trap qualifications will be held on the same day.
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