Former world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu registered a score of 120 to finish 24th at the Men’s Trap event on the concluding day of the season’s third World Cup Shotgun in Larnaca, Cyprus, on Sunday. In a field of 148 shooters, Manavjit was tied with 9 others on the same score and missed the knock-out stages by just 2 points.
The other Indians in contention – Zoravar Singh Sandhu and Mansher Singh finished 38th and 90th respectively.
A bad third round lets down Manavjit Singh Sandhu
Manavjit Singh Sandhu, the former top-ranked trap shooter, who posted 48 yesterday in the first two rounds, added 72 in the last three rounds on Sunday. Two misses in the third round cost him dearly and even though he missed just one target in the last two rounds, it was not enough for a place in the knock-out stages. Manavjit’s final score was 120 (24, 24, 23, 24, 25).
His compatriots, Zoravar Singh Sandhu mustered a score of 119 (24, 22, 24, 25, 24), while Mansher Singh managed 115 (21, 24, 24, 24, 22).
David Kostelecky claims gold
2008 Olympic champion David Kostelecky of the Czech Republic won the gold in this event, beating Turkey’s Yavuz Ilnam 13-12. The bronze medal went to Croatian Josip Glasnovic who defeated Vesa Tornroos of Finland.
Out of the medallists, only Turkey’s Yavuz Ilnam was awarded a Rio Olympic quota place as Kostelecky had already claimed a quota by finishing first at the last World Cup Shotgun event in Al Ain. Croatia’s Glasnovic too had secured the quota place by winning the silver in the same event. So, the second quota place went to the fourth-placed Vesa Tornroos of Finland.
Third World Cup Shotgun event wraps up
Thus, the third World Cup Shotgun event wrapped up. It was a pretty average performance from the Indian shooters as none of them managed to reach the knock-out stages. Skeet specialist Mairaj Ahmad Khan and double trap shooter Ankur Mittal were the best Indian performers as they finished 11th.