Manavjit falls at penultimate hurdle

The 38-year-old Manavjit topped the qualification phase after a spectacular performance along with Alexey Alipov of Russia with a score of 123 out of 125. It was the fourth time that Manavjit Sandhu was reaching such a high score, starting from the World Championship last year in Granada.

Manavjit Singh Sandhu failed to secure a spot at the 2016 Rio Olympics, as he finished fifth at the World Cup in Cyprus.   -  PTI

Former World Champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu failed to make it to the final of the men’s trap event in the Shotgun World Cup Final in Nicosia, Cyprus, on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old Manavjit topped the qualification phase after a spectacular performance along with Alexey Alipov of Russia with a score of 123 out of 125. It was the fourth time that Manavjit Sandhu was reaching such a high score, starting from the World Championship last year in Granada.

However, in the semifinals, Manavjit, who has won two gold, one silver and three bronze medals in the World Cups, went down late in the semifinals, and lost the race for the medals by one point.

The six-time Asian Champion who had won a silver in the Doha Asian Games in 2006, shot 12 out of 15 in the semi-finals, when 13 qualified for the bronze contest and 14 made it to the gold fight. Interestingly, in four attempts, Manavjit had made it to the fourth place twice in the World Cup Finals.

The other Indian in the season-ending championship, Mohammed Asab had won the double trap bronze.

The Indian shooters in rifle, pistol and shotgun will have their last chance to get the Olympic quota places in the Asian Championship to be staged in Kuwait in November.

The results:

Men’s trap: 1. Giovanni Cernogoraz (Cro) 14 (14) 122; 2. Giovanni Pellielo (Ita) 13 (14) 122; 3. Alexey Alipov (Rus) 15(23) 13 (123); 4. Massimo Fabbrizi (Ita) 15(22) 13 (120); 5. Manavjit Singh Sandhu 12 (123).