India bags team silver at Asian Shotgun Championship

The Indian trio of Zoravar Singh Sandhu (119) and Kynan Chenai (115) along with Prithviraj managed to bag the team silver behind the ‘’Independent Participants’’ who swept the individual medals.

Kynan Chenai

Kynan Chenai was part of the trio that won a team silver medal for India in Asia Shotgun Championship.   -  Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Overnight leader Prithviraj Tondaiman lost the race for a medal in shoot-off after the semifinals in men’s trap in the 6th Asian Shotgun Championship in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

After shooting 75 out of 75 in the first three rounds, Prithviraj stumbled to 22 and 24 this morning, but made the knock-out phase comfortably with a total of 121. In the semifinals, he shot 12 and lost the tie-breaker 4-5 to Abdulrahman Al Faihan of Kuwait, competing as an ‘’Independent Shooting Participant (ISP)’’.

However, the Indian trio of Zoravar Singh Sandhu (119) and Kynan Chenai (115) along with Prithviraj managed to bag the team silver behind the ‘’Independent Participants’’ who swept the individual medals.

Former world champion Khaled Almudhaf won the gold 14-13 against Talal Alrashidi. Interestingly, Khaled won the shoot-off with Savate Sresthaporn of Thailand to be eligible for the gold match after being tied on 13 in the semifinals. He had topped the qualification with 122.

Zoravar Singh Sandhu also tumbled in the fourth round with a score of 22, and eventually placed seventh with a total of 119, as he missed the final by one point.

The young Olympian Kynan Chenai kept improving with rounds of 21, 23, 24 and 25, but slipped to 22 on the last round.

He had conceded much ground in the first three rounds to be able to fight for a final berth. Seema Tomar had given a vibrant start to the Indian challenge with the women’s trap silver and the team gold along with Shreyasi Singh and Rajeshwari Kumari.

The results:

Men’s trap: 1. Khaled Almudhaf (ISP) 14 (13)1 (122); 2. Talal Alrashidi (ISP) 13 (14) 121; 3. Abdulrahman Al Faihan (ISP) 13 (12) 5(120); 4. Savate Sresthaporn (Tha) 12 (13)0 (121); 5. Prithviraj Tondaiman 12(4) 121; 7. Zoravar Singh Sandhu 119; 16. Kynan Chenai 115.

Team: 1. Independent Shooting Participants 363; 2. India 355; 3. Lebanon 351.