ISSF Shotgun World Cup: Indians fail to qualify for women's trap final

Shagun Chowdhary was the best placed Indian, finishing 19th with a score of 116 at the end of two-day qualification. Only the top six qualify for the final.

Shagun Chowdhary finished 19th with a score of 116 in the women's trap qualification.   -  Sandeep Saxena

Olympian Shagun Chowdhary was in irrepressible form as she shot 49 out of 50, winding up with a perfect 25, but missed the final by three points with a total of 116, in women’s trap in the shotgun World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico.

After having shot 67 out of 75 on the opening day, Shagun, who has been guided by former World Champion Danielle Di Spignio of Italy, shot near flawless. She was tied on 116 with five others, but missed the best placing to Fatima Galvez of Spain on the count back.

Rajeshwari Kumari also wound up with a perfect fifth round of 25, but a below par 20 in the fourth round saw her finish with 112 and the 36th place. Varsha Varman managed to shoot 105 for the 52nd spot in a field of 56.

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Multiple World Champion and London Olympics gold medallist Jessica Rossi of Italy beat Laetisha Scanlan of Australia 45-43 for the gold, after having shot 121 in qualification. She also bagged the Olympic quota place along with the third placed Eng Weiyun of China. Laetisha had already won the Olympic quota in the World Championship last year.

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Makela-Nummela Satu of Finland shot a world record 123 in qualification but eventually placed fifth, as she struggled with the single-barrel  climax.

There was a lot better cheer for the Indian camp, as Prithviraj Tondaiman had two perfect rounds and Olympian Kynan Chenai had 49 out of 50 in men’s trap. Prithviraj was tied in the top spot with six others, while there were 32 on 49, which should give a hint of the high quality contest.

Former World Champion Manavjit Sandhu was on 46, as he shot 21 after a perfect round, to be languishing in the 84th place in a field of 107.

The results:

Women’s trap: 1. Jesssica Rossi (Ita) 45 (121); 2. Laetisha Scanlan
(Aus) 43 (119)8; 3. Deng Weiyun (Chn) 32 (120)1; 19. Shagun Chowdhary
116; 36. Rajeshwari Kumari 112; 52. Varsha Varman 105.

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