Junior Shotgun World Cup: Shapath wins double trap bronze

The Indian eventually finished behind James Dedman of Britain and Miki Ylomen of Finland.

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Shapath Bharadwaj shot the double trap bronze medal in the Junior Shotgun World Cup in Porpetto, Italy, on Sunday.

The 15-year-old from Meerut, who is coached by Yogendra Pal Singh and had competed in all the three World Cups among the men this season, qualified in the second place with a total of 131. He eventually finished behind James Dedman of Britain and Miki Ylomen of Finland.

He pipped Eraldo Apolloni and Marco Carli of Italy and Qi Ying of China for the bronze medal. He had a series of 26, 25, 27, 28 and 25 as he finished two points behind Eraldo Apolloni of Italy in the qualification phase.

Ahvar Rizvi shot 124 and lost the tie-shoot for the last berth in the final 1-2 to Miki Ylonen. Shardul Vihan (121), Bhowneesh Mendiratta (117) and Anwer Hasan Khan (112) were 10th, 11th and 15th in a field of 17 shooters.

In junior women’s skeet, Areeba Khan (61), Ganemat Sekhon (60) and Simranpreet Kaur (53) were 15th, 17th and 26th respectively.

In the junior men’s skeet, Hamza Sheikh was on 47 after two rounds and figured in the sixth place, while Arjun Singh Mann (46), Anant Jeet Singh Naruka (45), Gurnihal Singh Garcha (44), Abinash Partap Singh
Sidhu (39) were further down in a strong field of 63 shooters. Three more rounds will be followed by the final for the top six on Monday.

Meanwhile, in the mixed trap team event, Lakshya and Manisha Keer won the bronze by beating Sevin Edward Layer and Emma Lee Wiliams of the U.S. 34-33. The Italians Emanuele Buccolieri and Maria Lucia Palmitessa beat compatriots Alberto Belluzzo and Erica Sessa 41-37 for the gold.

The results

Junior Men: Double trap: 1. James Dedman (GBR) 70 (WRJ) 129; 2. Miki Ylonen (Fin) 66 (124)2, 3. Shapath Bharadwaj 48 (131); 7. Ahvar Rizvi 124(1); 10. Shardul Vihan 121; 11. Bhowneesh Mendiratta 117; 15. Anwer Hasan Khan 112.

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