Qatar shotgun championship: Indians dominate in juniors

Zoravar Singh Sandhu shot 72 out of 75, following rounds of 24, 25 and 23, for the fourth best score in the men’s trap field.

Zoravar Singh Sadhu finished fourth best in the men’s trap field at the Qatar Open shotgun championships. (File Photo)   -  Kamesh Srinivasan

Zoravar Singh Sandhu shot 72 out of 75, following rounds of 24, 25 and 23, for the fourth best score in the men’s trap field, featuring 98 shooters in the Qatar Open shotgun championship in Doha on Saturday.

National championship silver medallist, Prithviraj Tondaiman who missed a day’s training opportunity owing to the trouble with the airlines, shot 71, with rounds of 23, 24 and 24. Olympian Kynan Chenai and Shamsher Singh Chauhan had identical scores of 68.

Mohammad Hossein Parvaresh Nia of Iran shot three perfect rounds for a total of 75, to be the sole leader.

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In the junior men’s event, the Indian shooters dominated with Khelo India Youth Games champion Manavaditya Rathore leading with 70, following rounds of 23, 22 and 25. Vivaan Kapoor (68), Bhowneesh
Mendiratta (65) and Suraj (63) followed as the four Indians occupied the top six positions.

In women’s trap, Varsha Tomar had the best score among the Indians with 63, and was followed by Shagun Chowdhary (60), Rajeshwari Kumari (60) and Sharayu Dalvi (54).

World championship bronze medallist, Silvana Maria Stanco of Italy led with 74 following rounds of 25, 25 and 24.

After two more rounds on Sunday, the top six in each event will compete in the finals.