Shotgun World C’ship: Kynan Chenai finishes sixth

The 26-year-old had fought his way into the men’s trap final in a strong field of 147 shooters, but misfired in the single-shot climax.

Kynan Chenai missed eight of 20 birds. (File Photo)   -  V. V. Subrahmanyam

Young Olympian Kynan Chenai fought his way into the men’s trap final in a strong field of 147 shooters, but misfired in the single-shot climax to finish sixth in the Shotgun World Championship in Moscow, Russia, on Sunday.

The 26-year-old Kynan was the odd man out in the six-member final as the one without a World Championship or World Cup medal. He had won an extended tie-shoot to make the cut after being tied on 121 with six others for the four spots.

After having shot 74 out of 75 overnight, Kynan had rounds of 24 and 23 that forced him to endure the shoot-off. He pipped Yannick Peters of Belgium 12-11 after having earlier pulled ahead of Jean Pierre Brol Cardenas of Guatemala and the Athens Olympics Champion Alexey Alipov of Russia.

It may be surprising that for one who had missed only four birds out of 125, Kynan missed eight of 20, but that is the challenge of the single-barrel competition as compared to the allowance of two shots on one bird during the qualification stage.

Resca defeats Ling

Daniele Resca of Italy, the junior World Championship bronze medallist in 2006, pipped Edward Ling of Britain 43-40 in the final.

Jiri Liptak of the Czech Republic, the World Championship bronze medallist in 2010, had to settle for the bronze once again. This was despite him being tied on 33 with Edward Ling after 40 birds in the final, as he had ranked fifth, a slot lower than the Englishman in the qualification process. The former World Champion, Alberto Fernandez of Spain, who had topped qualification with 123, finished fourth. The Indian team had the fourth-best score of 353 in a strong field of 38 teams, but was pushed to the seventh spot on the count back by Croatia, Russia and Kuwait, which were tied on the same total. India missed a medal by four points.

In the junior men’s event, Lakshay shot 113 and missed the final by four points. He had a series of 25, 22, 23, 22 and 21. Along with Akash Saharan (112) and Manavaditya Singh Rathore (110), Lakshay pulled the Indian team to the sixth place.

The results

Trap:

Men: 1. Daniele Resca (Ita) 43 (122); 2. Edward Ling (GBR) 40 (121)13; 3. Jiri Liptak 33 (121)5; 6. Kynan Chenai 12 (121)3,12; 26. Zoravar Singh Sandhu 118; 61. Birendeep Sodhi 114.

Team: 1. Italy 362; 2. Czech Republic 359; 3. Spain 357; 7. India 353.

Junior men: 1. Clement Francis Andre Bourgue (Fra) 43 (118); 2. Matteo Marongiu (Ita) 42 (117); 3. Jack Wallace (Aus) 31 (121); 15. Lakshay 113; 18. Akash Saharan 112; 25. Manavaditya Singh Rathore 110.

Team: 1. Australia 351; 2. Italy 345; 3. US 343; 6. India 335.