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The Indian Men’s Skeet team comprising of Mairaj Ahmed Khan, Angad Vir Singh Bajwa and Gurjoat Khangura won the Team Bronze after beating Kazakhstan by 6 points to 2 in the bronze medal match at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup being held in Cairo, Egypt. Russia defeated Czech Republic by 6-0 in the gold medal match.

The Indian Women’s team of Ganemat Sekhon, Parinaaz Dhaliwal and Karttiki Singh Shaktawat came 4th after losing to Kazakhstan 4-6 in their bronze medal match. Russia again won gold by beating Czech Republic 6-2 in this event.

The Indian men and women had qualified 3rd and 4th respectively in the team qualifications.

Individual Events

No Indian skeet shooter could make it to the finals in the individual events.

Men

Ukraine’s Mikola Milchev, the Sydney 2000 Olympic Champion, won the gold in Egypt after narrowly beating former World Champion Jesper Hansen of Denmark. Milchev shot 53 targets compared to Hansen’s 52. Rashid Hamad of Qatar won bronze.

Hansen had topped qualifications with 121+20 after a five-way tie. Milchev on the other hand just managed to qualify in 6th place with 120+8 after a four-way tie.

Gurjoat Khangura finished 10th with a score of 119, the highest placing among Indians. Tokyo Olympic quota winners Mairaj and Angad, both shot a disappointing 113 and finished 28th and 30th respectively.

Women

London 2012 bronze medalist Danka Bartekova of Slovakia beat former Junior European Champion Alina Fazylzyanova of Russia 55-53 to clinch gold. Cypriot Konstantia Nikolaou was 3rd.

Bartekova had also placed 1st in qualifications with a score of 119. Nikolaou was 6th with 115+2.

Among Indians, Parinaaz Dhaliwal finished 16th with a score of 110. Ganemat Sekhon and Karttiki Singh Shaktawat were 23rd and 24th with a score of 108 and 107 respectively.

The Skeet Mixed Team event will be held today. The Skeet Team and Mixed events are being held for the first time in ISSF WC history.

The ongoing Shotgun WC in Egypt is the first such competition after the pandemic. However, countries such as Italy, USA and China have not sent shooters for the event.

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