Shotgun World Championship: Darshna misses final by a whisker

Khelo India Youth Games champion Darshna Rathore missed the final by one point, after having been on the fourth spot overnight.

Sheeraz Sheikh also fell four points short of the men's skeet final.   -  PTI

Khelo India Youth Games champion Darshna Rathore had an agonising miss as she placed seventh with 114 in Junior women’s skeet in the Shotgun World Championship in Lonato, Italy, on Saturday.

Like on the opening day, when she had the first round of 21, Darshna, who resumed with 69 out of 75, shot 21 and 24. She missed the final by one point, after having been on the fourth spot overnight.

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Parinaaz Dhaliwal (106) and Asees Chhina (101) placed 18th and 23rd respectively, in a field of 27 shooters.

In men’s skeet, Sheeraz Sheikh shot 25 and 24 on the second day of competition, but a total of 119 proved four points short to make the final, and placed him 37th out of 130 shooters.

"I missed the last target today. Otherwise, it would have been 50 out of 50’’, said Sheeraz.

In fact, Sheeraz was shooting with a borrowed gun, as his own had got damaged before competition as the barrel burst. He had shot 70 out of 75 overnight with rounds of 23, 23 and 24.

Olympian Mairaj Ahmad Khan shot 118 as his rounds ranged between 23 and 24, while Anant Jeet Singh Naruka  also had the same total as he shot all the scores between 22 and 25. They placed 48th and 49th respectively.