ISSF World Shotgun Championships: India Opens Account

After a mediocre performance in the last few days,the Indian team bagged its first medal in the ongoing World Shooting Championships in Lonato, with a bronze in the Double trap men’s event.  The trio of Mohammed Asab, Ankur Mittal and Sangram Dahiya accrued a total of 400 points in the team event to finish ahead of hosts Italy.


Mohammed Asab: Best Placed Indian on Monday

Mohammed Asab shot a total of 135 out of 150 targets to be placed 12th in the qualification round. Out of thirty targets in each of the five rounds, the Commonwealth Games bronze medalist successfully hit 27,27,25,28,28 targets respectively.

Ankur Mittal followed Asab at the 16th position, with 134 points (26,24,28,28,28).  Sangram Dahiya came in 23rd, with 131 points. The 2009 ASC Almaty Gold medalist hit a perfect 30 in the fifth and final round, but could manage to hit only 25 and 26 targets in the initial stages.

Great Britain took gold in the team event,  with 414 points, while Russia finished second with  406. In the individual finals, Russian Vasily Mosin took gold, beating Englishman Tim Kneale. Kuwait’s Ahmad  Alafasi beat Australian James Willette in the shoot-offs to take bronze.

Double Trap Jr. Results:

In the double trap junior men’s event, the trio of Ahvar Rizvi, Shardul Vihan and Jaisal Singh missed out on a podium finish, finishing fourth with a total of 372 points. Rizvi ranked 10th, and was closely followed by Vihan, both hitting a total of 125 targets from 150. Singh came in 16th, with 122 points.


So India finally opens its account in Lonato. The Skeet men’s junior and senior level qualification rounds will be held on Wednesday, whereas the finals will be followed up on the next and concluding day. For more updates from Lonato, stay tuned to Sports Rediscovered.

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