India’s lone medal at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Lonato,Italy came from Prithviraj Tondaiman, who clinched the bronze medal in the trap event. In the final round, Prithviraj secured the third position with a total of 34 points which marked his second individual ISSF World Cup medal, as he had previously won a bronze in Doha back in March. Nathan Hales from Britain claimed the gold medal with 49 points, followed by Qi Ying from China who earned the silver medal with 48 points.
The men’s trap final included a total of six qualified shooters.
Indian Shooters in Men’s Trap Event
During the qualifying round, Prithviraj secured the third position with a total of 122 points. Across the five-round qualification series, he achieved scores of 23, 25, 24, 25, and 25. Unfortunately, Paris 2024 Olympics quota winners Bhowneesh Mendiratta and Zoravar Singh Sandhu were unable to advance beyond the qualification stage in the men’s trap event. Bhowneesh Mendiratta finished in 16th place with 120 points, while Zoravar Sandhu secured the 66th position with 115 points.
Indian Participants in Women’s Trap Event
In the women’s trap event, the Indian participants were unable to advance beyond the qualification round. Shreyasi Singh, the 2018 Commonwealth Games champion, concluded in 36th place with a score of 111 points. Manisha Keer secured the 39th position with 111 points, while Rajeshwari Kumari finished in 58th place with 106 points.
Indian Shooters’ Performance in Skeet Events
In the men’s skeet event, Mairaj Ahmad Khan, a two-time Olympian, concluded the qualifying round in 116th place with a score of 112 points. Angad Vir Singh Bajwa secured the 74th position with 117 points. Anant Jeet Singh Naruka finished 55th with 119 points, while Gurjoat Khangura finished 82nd with 116 points.
Moving on to the women’s individual skeet event, both Ganemat Sekhon and Darshna Rathore were unable to qualify for the finals. Ganemat Sekhon narrowly missed the medal round, finishing in ninth place with 120 points. Darshna Rathore finished 65th with 104 points. Maheshwari Chauhan secured the 36th position with 114 points.
Overall, India finished ninth in the medals tally which was topped by the USA with two golds and one silver.The ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Italy was a qualifying event for the Paris Olympics.
Key takeaways for competitive examinations
- The first ISSF Shotgun World Cup was held in Mexico City in: 1986