World Shotgun Championship: Mairaj Khan Books Rio Berth

Mairaj Khan Ahmad walked away from the Trap Concaverde shooting range in Lonato with a spring in his step. The veteran shooter brought glory to the Indian camp, becoming the lone member to bag an Olympic quota in skeet shooting at the ISSF World Shotgun Championship. Sports Rediscovered takes a look at the Indian performances in the championships.


Mairaj Ahmad Khan (Image Courtesy: Mairaj Khan Official Facebook Page)

In the men’s skeet event, Mairaj Ahmad Khan finished sixth with 122 successful hits (off 125), and though the 40 year old did not qualify for the final, he was able to take one of the two Olympic quotas available, with the fact that the finalists had already booked their Rio tickets working in his favour. Khan started the qualification rounds placed ninth, with 74 points (25,24,24 hits in rounds of 25).

The world championships title went to the American Vincent Hancock, who beat Frenchman Anthony Terras in the shoot-offs. The 26 year old equaled the world record en route to his second championship title (the first coming in 2005).

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In the men’s junior skeet competition, Anant Jeet Singh Naruka finished 18th with 115 points, while Arjun Mann came in 43rd (109 points) and Angad Vir Singh Bajwa coming in 105th with 106 points.

India bagged the Bronze Medal in Men’s Team Skeet , with the trio of Mohammed Asab, Ankur Mittal and Sangram Dahiya accruing a total of 400 points.


So that was it from Lonato. The next and final round of the championships will take place in Nicosia from the 15th of October. Hopefully, the Indian shooters will have a more successful run in the shooting ranges of Cyprus. For more updates, stay tuned.

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