Shotgun World Championship: Ankur Mittal bags silver

Elsewhere, Ahvar Rizvi shot brilliantly and clinched the junior men’s silver in double trap in the Shotgun World Championship in Moscow on Tuesday.

Ankur Mittal, who has shot a gold and silver in the World Cups this season, led the men with an impressive score of 145 out of 150.   -  PTI

Ahvar Rizvi shot brilliantly and clinched the junior men’s silver in double trap in the Shotgun World Championship in Moscow on Tuesday.

With Ankur Mittal bagging the men’s silver, the joy of the Indian camp knew no bounds. It was the first World Championship medal for the Indian shotgun men, after Manavjit Singh Sandhu’s gold in Zagreb in 2006.

Competing in his maiden final on the global stage, the 17-year-old Ahvar shot 66 out of 80, and missed the gold to James Dedman of Britain by one point. In fact, Ahvar was in the lead with the last two stations to go, but missed a bird each while the Briton shot all. Yet, it was a
commendable fight by Ahvar as he trailed by three points going into the last 20 shots in the fight for gold.

In qualification, Ahvar had shot 138, the second best score, a point behind compatriot Shardul Vihan, the 15-year-old prodigy coached by Asian champion Anwer Sultan. In a dramatic turn of events, Shardul missed 11 birds out of 30 and finished sixth, after having missed only 11 out of 150 earlier.

Yet, there was a lot to cheer for the Indian camp, as Ahvar and Shardul along with another talented youngster, Shapath Bharadwaj (124) took the team gold ahead of Italy.

Asher Noria had won the double trap junior World Championship gold in Munich in 2010 and bronze in Belgrade in 2011.

Ankur Mittal, who has shot a gold and silver in the World Cups this season, led the men with an impressive score of 145 out of 150, but a clutch of misses in the climax saw him grab the silver two points behind the World Champion of 2006 vintage, Vitaly Fokeev of Russia. Hu Binyuan of China, the man who won the bronze in the Beijing Olympics, took the bronze.

With Sangram Dahiya (135) and Mohd. Asab (133), Ankur had to settle for the fifth with place in the team championship with a total of 413, missing the bronze to Russia by two points.

The results: Double trap:

Men: 1. Vitaly Fokeev (Rus) 68 (141); 2. Ankur Mittal 66 (145); 3. Hu Binyuan (Chn) 50 (144); 20. Sangram Dahiya 135; 23. Mohd. Asab 133.

Team: 1. Italy 418; 2. China 416; 3. Russia 415; 5. India 413.

Junior men: 1. James Dedman (GBR) 67 (136); 2. Ahvar Rizvi 66 (138); 3. Qi Ying (Chn) 46; 6. Shardul Vihan 19 (139); 13. Shapath Bharadwaj 124.

Team: 1. India 401; 2. Italy 389; 3. China 387.