Sangram secures silver, Amanpreet bronze

 Sangram Singh Dahiya shot his way to silver in men’s double trap, after Amanpreet Singh picked the bronze in men’s 50m pistol in the World Cup Final at Dr Karni Singh shooting range on Friday.

It was the first World Cup Final appearance for both Sangram and Amanpreet who stepped up to the occasion after their better known compatriots made early exits. World No 1 Ankur Mittal ended in fourth place (45) in double trap. The reliable Jitu Rai finished last in the seven-man final of 50m pistol (123. 2 points), his pet event. A day before, he had failed to qualify for the final of 10m air pistol.

While there are still two days of competition left in the Final, India’s participation here ended on Friday. The effort of Sangram and Amanpreet increased the medal tally of the hosts to three, after Jitu and Heena Sidhu clinched gold in 10m air pistol mixed doubles on the opening day.

After missing out on medals in the last two days, hosts had set their hopes on double trap, where there were three Indians in fray. While 15-year-old Shapath Bharadwaj failed to make the finals, qualifications of Sangram (144) and Mittal (139), who finished first and second in the qualifiers, raised expectations.

Mittal, however, could not get the consistency in his shots, but Sangram was a picture of concentration. Against the superlative display of China’s celebrated shooter Hu Binyuan (79 out of 80 clays), who set a new world record, Sangram (76) did well to keep his nerves. Italy’s Davide Gasparini secured the bronze(56).

“I had been chasing a medal for a long time, but it was not happening. I made couple of technical changes, and I am very happy with the result,” Sangram said.

Earlier, Amanpreet hung in strong in a tough outing. He shot 202.2 in a fluctuating performance to finish behind Serbia’s Damir Mikec (229.3) and Ukraine’s Oleh Omelchuk (228.0). In the battle for third place, he was 0.4 points behind Turkey’s Yusuf Dikec but shot 9.4 against Dikec’s 8 to claim the bronze.

All seven participants in qualifiers had progressed to the final round due to low participation. Jitu (561) and Amanpreet (545) had finished fourth and seventh respectively.

In the day’s other two finals, Denmark’s Torben Grimmel won the men’s 50m Rifle Prone with world record score of 250.6.

Germany’s reigning Olympic champion Henri Junghaenel won silver(250.1) while Korea’s Kim Jonghyun won the Bronze (228.7).

In the women’s 25m pistol event. Korea’s Kim Minjung clinched the gold beating China’s former World Champion Jingjing Zhang in the shoot-off after both finished on 34 points.

Serbia’s Zorana Arunovic of Serbia (30) took the bronze.

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