Highlights of ISSF World Cup Shooting Final
– Dahiya came 2nd in the double trap event
– Singh picked up bronze in the 50m free pistol event
– These were India’s first individual medals at the event
Sangram Dahiya and Amanpreet Singh lead the Indian charge on Friday at the International Shooting World Cup to grab India’s first individual medals at the event. Dahiya took the silver medal home as he came 2nd in the double trap event while Singh came 3rd in a fiercely contested 50m free pistol final. The medals were sweeter for the shooters being their first time contesting at the event.
Years of hard work finally paid off from double trap shooter Sangram as clinched his first-ever senior medal at the ISSF World Cup.
“I am really happy as the hard training over the past three weeks has paid off,” said an overjoyed Sangram. Dahiya shot 76/80 to clinch the second spot while Italy’s Davide Gasparini took bronze. In a surprising turn of events however India’s Ankur Mittal, world No 1, ended up fourth at the ISSF World Cup Shooting Final. Jitu Rai another shooter who was sure to bring back a medal too disappointed as he exited in the first round itself.
Amanpreet started strongly and was sitting pretty in the third spot behind Ukraine’s Omelchuck and Mikec of Serbia after the first 10 rounds and looked assured of either gold or silver given the way he was shooting. The tide turned against him though as he slipped to fifth but fought hard to come back and claim bronze with a total score of 202.2 points in the final. Damir Mikec tallying 229.3 and Oleh Omlechuck 228.0 took home the first two spots.
“I did not shoot that well in qualifying and in the final, I was focusing on getting my technique right for each and every shot, and it paid off. I am really happy to win this medal in such an elite competition. Considering that this is a World Cup Final with the best shooters in the fray, you can call this as my finest performance in shooting. I’m happy but score wise it’s not great, so I need to improve on that,” Amanpreet said.