World Shooting Recap: Indian Shooters Come Up Short

Vijay Kumar

Vijay Kumar – Target in Sight but not Achieved

Indian shooters continued to fare disappointingly at the ongoing 51st ISSF World Shooting Championships as they returned empty-handed in the rapid-fire pistol shooting and double trap shooting categories on Sunday. Following Jitu Rai’s earning of an Olympic quota, Indian shooters couldn’t add to it as Vijay Kumar, Harpreet Singh and Gurpreet Singh failed to make it to the finals in the 25m Rapidfire Pistol category.

The 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Gurpreet had the best result amongst them. He added 287 in Stage 2 on Sunday to finish 21st with a total score of 574.

Harpreet Singh had the best place finish amongst the trio in Stage 1 with 290 but a collapse in Stage 2 saw him add only 282. A total of 572 could only help the 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist secure the 27th position.

London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Vijay Kumar had a dismal outing in Granada as he could secure only the 36th spot with a total score 569.

Double-trap shooting had a slightly better performance but all 3 Indians missed out on a top six finish. 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Md Asab (140) was the best as he finished 11th while Ankur Mittal (138) and Sangram Dahiya (131) ended 16th and 31st respectively.

Here’s hoping for a better performance from the Indian Shooters at the Asian Games 2014, for all the latest news from Icheon, do tune into our Asian Games Hub.

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