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Mairaj Ahmad Khan of India writes history by winning gold medal in skeet

Veteran Indian shooter Mairaj Ahmed Khan made history by becoming the first person to ever win a men’s skeet gold medal at an ISSF World Cup. The 46-year-old from Uttar Pradesh shot 37 in the 40-shot final to finish ahead of Minsu Kim from Korea (36), who took second place, and Ben Llewellin from Britain (26), who took third place.

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  • The shooter qualified over two days with a score of 119/125 before winning his first individual gold in a five-way shoot-off. The two-time Olympian, who is now the oldest participant for India at Changwon, won silver in the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
  • Anjum Moudgil, Ashi Chouksey, and Sift Kaur Samra won bronze in the women’s 50m rifle 3P team competition earlier in the day.
  • In the bronze medal match, the Indians easily defeated the Austrian team of Sheileen Waibel, Nadine Ungerank, and Rebecca Koeck 16-6 to take the podium spot. But Khan unquestionably owned the day.
  • After placing 119th overall, he found himself competing for two last qualification berths alongside four other athletes, including Kuwaiti Abdullah Al Rashidi, a two-time Olympic medalist.

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