Ayush Rudraraju wins gold in International Junior Shotgun Cup

Ayush Rudraraju beat Gurnihal Singh Garcha 50-47 for the gold medal in junior men's skeet event.

Ayush Rudraraju (in picture) won the gold medal in the men's junior skeet event.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Ayush Rudraraju beat compatriot Gurnihal Singh Garcha 50-47 for the gold medal in junior men's skeet in the 11th International Junior Shotgun Cup in Orimattila, Finland, on Saturday.

It was a brilliant effort by both the shooters as they took the last two berths in the final with identical scores of 118. Along with Abhay Singh Sekhon (111) the duo also captured the team silver two points behind Czech Republic.

Earlier, Manisha Keer shot the bronze in junior women’s trap. After qualifying with the second best score of 113, Manisha shot 28 in the final and got overtaken by Giala Ragazzini and qualification topper Sofia Littame of Italy.

Kirti Gupta also made the final after winning the shoot-off for the sixth spot, and ended up sixth eventually. Allong with Preeti Rajak (103) as the third shooter, the Indian team managed to get the silver behind Italy.

Vishwa Kundu finished sixth in junior men’s trap, while Manavaditya Rathore lost the shoot off to make the final, and Vivaan Kapoor missed the final by one point. The trio managed to take the bronze behind Italy and Finland.

Areeba Khan did well to make the junior women’s skeet final, but finished sixth. Parinaaz Dhaliwal (104) and Muffaddal Deesawala (100) managed to help Areeba win the team silver behind Italy.

The results

Junior men

Trap: 1. Matteo D’Ambrosi (Ita) 41 (115)4; 2. Jonathan Simon (GEr) 37
(115)1; 3. Teemu Ruutana (Fin) 30 (115)3; 6. Vishwa Kundu 15 (114)3;
8. Manavaditya Rathore 114(1); 9. Vivaan Kapoor 113.

Team: 1. Italy 350; 2. Finland 348; 3. India 341.

Skeet: 1. Ayush Rudraraju 50 (118)2; 2. Gurnihal Singh Garcha 47 (118)0; 3. Daniel Korcak (Cze) 39; 12. Abhay Singh Sekhon 111; 25. Sukhdarsha Johal 97.

Team: 1. Czech Republic 349; 2. India 347; 3. Italy 342.

Junior women

Trap: 1. Gala Ragazzini (Ita) 43 (111); 2. Sofia Litlame (Ita) 34
(114); 3. Manisha Keer 28 (113); 6. Kirti Gupta 11 (105)1; 8. Preeti
Rajak 103.

Team:
1. Italy 333; 2. India 321; 3. Finland 284.

Skeet: 1. Eva Tamara Reichert (Ger) 49(2) 110(1); 2. Giada Longhi (Ita) 49(1) 114; 3. Dominika Brozkova (Cze) 38 (110); 6. Areeba Khan 14 (108)1; 8. Parinaaz Dhaliwal 104; 9. Muffaddal Deesawala 100.

Team: 1. Czech Republic 327; 2. India 312; 3. Germany 310.