Sheeraz, Mairaj disappoint at Shotgun World Cup

Sheeraz Sheikh shot 117 and missed the final by five points in men’s skeet in the Shotgun World Cup.

Sheeraz Sheikh was placed 32nd among 60 shooters (File photo).   -  PTI

Sheeraz Sheikh shot 117 and missed the final by five points in men’s skeet in the Shotgun World Cup in Tucson, US.

He shot a series of 24, 24, 23, 25 and 21 to be placed 32nd among 60 shooters. Mairaj Ahmad Khan bounced back from a bad start, when he had 23 and 20 on the first day, to shoot 24, 25 and 24 on the second day to be eventually placed 35th with 116.

It may be recalled that both Sheeraz and Mairaj were without their guns on reaching the US, and had to fly to Houston airport on the fourth day to retrieve their guns from the cargo after delayed gun permit.

The young Angad Vir Singh Bajwa who had shot an impressive 49 out of 50 on the first day, could not sustain the good work and slipped to the 47th spot, following rounds of 21, 24 and 20, for a total of 114.

The top three in the qualification list, Lee Jongjun of Korea, Giancarlo Tazza of Italy and Stefan Nilsson of Sweden won the gold, silver and bronze respectively in a remarkable coincidence.

The results:

Men: Skeet: 1. Lee Jongjun (Kor) 54 (123); 2. Giancarlo Tazza (Ita) 53 (123); 3. Stefan Nilsson (Swe) 42 (122); 32. Sheera Sheikh 117; 35. Mairaj Ahmad Khan 116; 47. Angad Vir Singh Bajwa 114.

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