Manavjit Sandhu out of Shotgun World Cup with broken gun stock

Former world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu found bad luck chasing him to Finland, as his gun’s stock broke before the first round of official pre-event training in the morning.

Manavjit Singh Sandhu is running out of time to qualify for Tokyo 2020 Olympics.   -  Kamesh Srinivasan

Rajeshwari Kumari was in fine form, as she shot rounds of 23 and 24 in women’s trap in the Shotgun World Cup in Lahti, Finland, on Thursday.

However, Rajeshwari, was in the Minimum Qualifying Score (MQS) section, along with Shreyasi Singh who had rounds of 16 and 19.

In the main team, Olympian Shagun Chowdhary shot rounds of 22 and 22 to be in the 11th position in a field of 72 shooters after the first two rounds. Daria Semianova of Russia was leading with 48, following rounds of 24.

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The two other Indian shooters, World Cup silver medallist Seema Tomar (40) and Manisha Keer (36) were not that well placed.

Meanwhile, former World Champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu found bad luck chasing him to Finland, as his gun’s stock broke before the first round of official pre-event training in the morning.

"It is irreparable. So, I am forced pull out of this World Cup. My bad luck continues. However, I will repair it as soon as possible and get it ready for the Asian Championship, the last chance for Olympic quota," said Manavjit.

A six-time Asian Champion and Asian Games silver medallist, Manavjit was out of the national team for the last two World Cups and the World Championship following a bronchial infection that kept him out of action for four months.