The shooting range in Lonato, Italy has proved barren as far as the Indian contingent is concerned. While Manavjit Singh Sandhu was forced to continue his quest for the Olympic quota, young Manavaditya Singh missed out on a ticket to the finals of the junior Trap event by one point. Sports Rediscovered takes a look at how the Indians have fared till now at the ISSF Shotgun championships.
Manavjit Singh Sandhu and the elusive Olympic Quota:
Sandhu seems to share a love-hate relationship with Rio. He came up with a Bronze winning performance in Acapulco, but it turned out to be not good enough. He tried in Larnaca, Cyprus, but again in vain. The next opportunity came in Azerbaijan, but Lady Luck had other plans. The 3-time-Olympian would have hoped for better results from Lonato, but the Olympic Gods just don’t seem to be in a benevolent mood. On Saturday, during the Trap Men’s event, Sandhu missed out on a place in the finals by two points. The 2006, Zagreb Trap champion finished 15th, with 118 points to his name (22,23,24,25,24 points respectively).
Zoravar Singh Sandhu finished way behind the ace, at the 79th position, with 112 points. He was closely followed by Kynan Chenai at the 80th position, with the same number of points. Slovakia’s Erik Varga took gold in the event, beating local boy Giovanni Pellielo in shoot-offs. Bronze went to Belgian Maxime Mottet.
The future of Indian shooting looks to be in safe hands. Manavaditya Singh Rathore, son of former shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, missed out on a spot in the finals of the Junior Trap event by one point. The 16-year-old ASC, Almaty bronze medalist finished with 113 points, to be ranked ninth. Compatriot Adhiraj Rathore, finished 58th with 100 points, while 17-years-old L. Lakshay finished 75th with 94 points.
Arti Singh shot 65 points to be placed 38th in the women’s Skeet event. The ASC, Bangkok gold medalist shot 22,20,23 points respectively in the three qualification rounds. American Morgan Craft took gold in the event, followed by compatriot Caitlin Connor and China’s Ning Wei. In the women’s skeet junior competitions, 19-year-old Maheshwari Chauhan scored 54 points to be placed 31st, while Shambhavi Kumari (44 points) and Areeba Khan (39 points) finished at the bottom of the list.