Shapath Bharadwaj wins individual and team gold in Italy

Coached by international shooter Yoginder Pal Singh for the last two years, Shapath had competed well in the Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany, in April and the 8th International Junior Shotgun Cup in Orimattila, Finland, in May.

The 14-year-old Shapath, the youngest shooter of the 15-member Indian squad, had earlier shot a perfect 30 in the semifinals.   -  Special Arrangement

Shapath Bharadwaj was at his best, particularly in the climax, as he beat Eraldo Apolloni of Italy 27-25 for the double trap gold in the 13th International Grand Prix junior shotgun championship in Porpetto,Italy. The 14-year-old Shapath, the youngest shooter of the 15-member Indian squad, had earlier shot a perfect 30 in the semifinals. The ninth standard student of St. Mary’s Academy in Meerut, Shapath had topped the qualification phase with a score of 139, following rounds of 27,29, 27, 29 and 27.

Coached by international shooter Yoginder Pal Singh for the last two years, Shapath had competed well in the Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany, in April and the 8th International Junior Shotgun Cup in Orimattila, Finland, in May. Other more accomplished double trap shooters, Bhowneesh Mendiratta, who had bagged both the men’s and junior silver in the last national championship in Jaipur, and Ahvar Rizvi, the national junior champion, could not reach the medal rounds individually, but supported Shapath for the team gold.

Among others, Lakshay did well to bag the junior men’s trap silver behind Alessio Franquillo of Italy. The skeet shooters, Arjun Singh Mann and Anantjeet Singh Naruka who had won the junior and men’s gold respectively in the last national championship placed 12th and 16th respectively. Among the girls, Manisha Keer made the knock-out phase in trap, but missed the chance to fight for a medal by two points.

The results:

Junior men: Trap: 1. Alessio Franquillo (Ita) 12 (13) 119; 2. Lakshay 11 (14) 116; 3. Josef Navratil (Cze) 11 (12) 115; 4. Martin Larsen (Nor) 8 (12) 118; 17. Kismat Chopra 109; 18. Vibhu Sharma 109; 20. Manavaditya Singh Rahore 109; 34. Shantanu Gupta 95. Team: 1. Italy 344; 2. Italy-B 342; 3. Czech Republic 335; 5. India 334. Double trap: 1. Shapath Bharadwaj 27 (30) 139; 2. Eraldo Apolloni (Ita) 25 (27) 135; 3. Miki Ylonen (Fin) 29 (26) 134; 4. Lorenzo Ferrari (Ita) 24 (26) 132; 6. Bhowneesh Mendiratta 21 (136); 10. Ahvar Rizvi (128); 13. Karnik Raj Sharma 113. Team: 1. India 403, 2. Britain 396, 3. Italy 395. Skeet: 1. Valerio Palmucci (Ita) 16 (14) 120; 2. Matteo Chiti (Ita) 15(14) 120; 3. Eetu Kallioinen (Fin) 15 (13) 123; 4. Edoardo Aloi (Ita) 14 (13) 122; 12. Arjun Singh Mann 118; 16. Anantjeet Singh Naruka 117; 21. Mohd. Hamza Sheikh 114. Team: 1. Italy 361; 2. Italy-B 360; 3.Finland 359; 6. India 349.

Junior women: Trap: 1. Maria Lucia Palmitessa (Ita) 11 (13) 70; 2. Sarah Bindrich (Ger) 8 (11)2 (66); 3. Bettina Valdorf 11 (11)1 (65); 4. Giulia Grassia (Ita) 7 (11)0 (71); 6. Manisha Keer 9 (65); 13. Pragati Dubey 56; 14. Kirti Gupta 53. Team: 1. Italy 199; 2. Germany 194; 3. Italy-B 193; 4. India 174. Skeet: 1. Francesca Del Prete (Ita) 14 (15) 69; 2. Giada longhi (Ita) 12 (12)4 (64); 3. Eva Tamara Reichert (Ger) 11 (11) 68; 4. Alisa Bogdanova (Ltu) 9 (12)2 (65; 10. Maheshwari Chauhan 63; 12. Asees Chhina 60; 14. Ananya Chopra 59. Team: 1. France 294; 2. Germany 196; 3. Italy 190; 4. India 182.