Shotgun WC: India endures bad day

Angad Vir Singh Bajwa was placed 42nd while Sheeraz Sheikh was at 60th while Olympian Mairaj Ahmad Khan was in the 71st spot.

Olympian Mairaj Ahmad Khan found himself in the 71st spot with a total of 45 in the Shotgun World Championship at Moscow on Thursday.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

After the high of winning a gold and two silver medals in double trap, the Indian team had to endure a dip in fortunes as the skeet shooters struggled to put up good scores in the Shotgun World Championship at Moscow on Thursday.

The lack of good scores was relative, as Angad Vir Singh Bajwa shot 47 out of 50 and found himself in the 42nd spot, after a perfect opening round, in a strong field of 113 shooters. Sheeraz Sheikh had rounds of 21 and 24 to be in the 60th spot, and Olympian Mairaj Ahmad Khan found himself in the 71st spot with the same total of 45.

In the junior men’s event, Hamza Sheikh (46), Anant Jeet Singh Naruka (45) and Arjun Singh Mann (45) were reasonably well placed in a field of 56.

Even though skeet is high scoring, the fortunes can change over the next two days for the men, while the women will have their finals on Friday.

The scope of revival was much less for the Indian women, as Maheshwari Chauhan and Saniya Sheikh logged a total of 39 each. Rashmmi Rathore recovered to shoot 22 after an opening round of 18.

Ganemat Sekhon was impressive with 45 out of 50 in the junior women’s section, even as Simranpreet Kaur (34), who had a disastrous first round of 12, and Areeba Khan (39) struggled to knock the birds.