Indian trap shooters clinch team honours

Indian shooters dished out an impressive performance by winning seven medals, including two gold, at the third Asian Shotgun Championship in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The senior trap team comprising Manavjeet Sandhu (124), Zoravar Singh Sandhu (121) and Mansher Singh (120) won the gold medal while Manavjeet claimed the bronze with his score equalling the Asian record in the preliminary stage.

Zoravar finished 5th and Mansher 6th in the final.

Manavjeet also won the gold medal in the 4th Union Championship (Grand Prix) which was held concurrently with the Asian meet.

India’s second gold came in the junior trap team event with G S Sharan (119), Manavaditya Rathore (110) and Mohd Shees (100) finishing first with a total of 329.

Karnataka lad Sharan claimed the individual silver while the 14-year-old Manavaditya, son of Olympic silver medallist Rajyavardhan Rathore, won the bronze.

“I am impressed and proud that Manav at this very young age is taking on the big guns, he understands that age cannot be a barrier for talent. I can sense the great potential in him. I am equally proud of all juniors and my congrats to the seniors for their able leadership,” Rathore senior said.

In the women’s trap event, Seema Tomar reached the individual finals with a score of 70/75 and finished fourth.

Seema Tomar (70), Shagun Chowdhary (66) and Shreyasi Singh (64) teamed up to clinch the trap senior women’s team silver after aggregating 200/225.

In skeet junior, the team of Anantjeet Singh Naruka (113), Angadvir Singh Bajwa (112) and Hamza Sheikh (107) bagged a bronze with a total score of 332/375.

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