Indian skeet shooters draw a blank at Shotgun World Cup

Sheeraz Sheikh missed the men’s skeet final by three points, while Olympian Mairaj Ahmad Khan could only place 51st in Acapulco, Mexico.

Sheeraz Sheikh had a series of 24, 24, 23, 24 and 24.   -  PTI

Sheeraz Sheikh shot 119 and missed the men’s skeet final by three points in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Shotgun World Cup that concluded in Acapulco, Mexico.

Sheikh had a series of 24, 24, 23, 24 and 24, while Olympian Mairaj Ahmad Khan was not at his best and shot 116, despite two perfect rounds of 25 at the end, and placed 51st.

Asian and national champion Angad Vir Singh Bajwa shot 111 for the 78th place, as he slipped to rounds of 20 and 21 in the second and fourth.

Two-time Olympic champion and four-time world champion Vincent Hancock of the US won his 11th World Cup gold in style, not missing a single bird in the 60-shot final and the 125-bird qualification.

Interestingly, while winning gold at the Asian Championships this season in Kuwait, Bajwa had not missed a single bird in the 60-shot final.

Gabriele Rossetti of Italy and Jakub Tomecek of the Czech Republic won the two Olympic quota places as they took the silver and bronze medals behind the American, who had already secured a quota place last year at the World Championships.

Results

Men’s skeet: 1. Vincent Hancock (US) 60 EWR (125) EQWR; 2. Gabriele Rossetti (Italy) 58 (122)14; 3. Jakub Tomecek (Czech Republic) 49 (122)13; 29. Sheeraz Sheikh 119; 51. Mairaj Ahmad Khan 116; 78. Angad Vir Singh Bajwa 111.