Shotgun World Cup: Sangram misses final in shoot-off

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Sangram Dahiya shot 136 and missed the double trap final in the shoot-off in the shotgun World Cup in Nicosia, Cyprus, on Saturday.

The 26-year-old Sangram was tied with two others for the last spot in the knock-out phase and was the first to be eliminated. He ended up eighth in a field of 42 shooters. He had shot a series of 28, 29, 28, 24 and 27.

The national championship bronze medallist was the best among the Indian shooters, as the reigning national champion Mohd Asab who had missed the Olympic quota by one bird, was below par with a score of 128 that placed him 26th.

Asab had a good run and was in the race to make the final before he fumbled in the last round with a score of 19, possibly because of the news that he could not get an Olympic quota from the swapped rifle quota. He had shot 28, 28, 28 and 25 in the first four rounds.

In men’s skeet, Mairaj Ahmad Khan, who will compete in the Olympics, shot 117 and placed 19th in a field of 91 shooters. He had a series of 24, 22, 24, 24 and 23. He missed the knock-out phase by two points. It was a hard shoot-off as six competed for the last two berths

Former Asian champion, Man Singh had a strong performance on Sunday with rounds of 24 and 25, but he had fared below par with rounds of 24, 20 and 22 earlier, that put him in the 26th place. Sheeraz Sheikh had an equally impressive finish with a last round of 25, but he ended 36th with a total of 113.

The results:

Men: Double trap: 1. Alessandro Chianese (Ita) 28 (28)6 (138); 2. Jeffrey Holguin (US) 27 (28)6 (139); 3. James Willett (Aus) 26 (28)1 (138); 4. Andreas Loew (Ger) 25 (28)5 (139); 8. Sangram Dahiya 136(3); 26. Mohd. Asab 128; 28. Ankur Mittal 124. MQS: Sanjay Rathore 124.