India finished 3rd in the men’s team skeet event at the ongoing ISSF Shotgun World Cup being held in Cairo, Egypt — thereby claimed a bronze medal. The Indian team was represented by Mairaj Ahmed Khan, Gurjoat Khangura and Angadvir Singh Bajwa.
It was some form of redemption for India who narrowly missed out on a place in the final after they lost to Russia in a shoot-off. With the scores tied at 491 after seven rounds, there was a shoot-off held to determine the winner which India lost 6-5 in a closely contested event. Russia went on to win gold after beating Czech Republic 6-0 with India coming in third.
The individual skeet events were not so successful with the Olympic goers Angadvir and Ahmed Khan failing to make it past the first round. Ahmed Khan placed 28th with a total score of 113 out of 150 while Angadvir Bajwa scored 113 as well to finish 30th.
The Indian women’s team had a similar run of events but lost out in the third-place playoff to Kazakhstan by a score of 6-4. Like the men’s team, they too had a bad run in the individual category of the skeet event. The representatives were Ganemat Sekhon, Parinaaz Dhaliwal and Karttiki Singh Shaktawat. In the same event, Russia beat Czech Republic by a score of 6-4 and won gold.
The tournament will continue till the 4th of March with the mixed team skeet event and the trap events being left. India will be hoping to build on this performance in the upcoming days.
(With inputs from IANS)