The 7th International Junior Shotgun Cup held in Orimattila, Finland saw Indian junior shooters reap rich rewards, with a tidy haul of medals.
Anantjeet Singh Naruka: Pick of the Indian junior shooters
Anantjeet Singh Naruka won the gold medal in skeet shooting, pipping country hope Lari Pesonen 12-11. Naruka’s route to the podium was arduous to say the least as he had qualified last for the final. As the event progressed though, he kept gaining steam and finally, after winning a three-way shoot-off, Anantjeet took on and defeated Pesonen in the last and the most significant match.
In the same event, Angadvir Singh Bajwa clinched the bronze medal for India, winning 6-5 in the shoot-off against Italian Matteo Chiti. It was a noteworthy reversal for fortune for Bajwa as he had finished first in the final’s qualification.
Indian junior shooters keep the Tricolour flying high
Apart from skeet shooting, the tournament also featured trap and double trap categories. In both events, the Indian junior shooters did not disappoint and finished with medal winning efforts.
In the junior men’s trap and double trap events, the Indian junior shooters bagged the silver medals. In trap, the Indian juniors finished with a total of 307 points and amassed 332 points in double trap.
The junior women meanwhile, won the bronze medal in the trap and skeet shooting events. In the junior women’s trap, the Indian junior shooters finished with a tally of 130 points and in skeet shooting, they had a total of 145 points.
So a decent exposure for the junior Indian shooters and a promising sign for the future.