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Junior men’s skeet team tops qualifying but no medals for India

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Changwon (South Korea): India's junior men's skeet team claimed the top spot after day one of qualifying to be in contention for gold but the country failed to fetch any medals or Olympic quota places at the ISSF World Championship here Monday.

Gurnihal Singh Garcha shot 73 out of 75 to be in second place, Anantjeet Singh Naruka 71 to lie 11th, while Ayush Rudraraju shot 70 to take up the individual 12th place on day one of the junior men's skeet qualifiers.

Their combined score of 214, put them in top spot in the team event, a point ahead of Team Cyprus. Tuesday will see two more qualifying rounds followed by the individual final.

However, Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Anish Bhanwala, 15, could not make the finals of the men's 25m rapid fire pistol event, missing out by three points.

India ended day nine of the International Shooting Sport Federation's (ISSF) premier event fourth on the medals tally with 20 medals, including seven gold.

Also finishing fourth and just outside the medals was Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar in the men's 50m rifle 3 positions junior event.

Aishwarya shot 1155 to qualify for the finals in fifth place. In the eight-man final, Aishwarya came into medal position at several junctures but eventually finished fourth with a score of 431.7.

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