Indian Men’s Skeet team won bronze in the 7th Asian Shotgun Championship underway at Astana, Kazakhstan’s Target Shooting Club. The team, comprising of Sheeraz, Mairaj Ahmad Khan, and Angad Vir Singh Bajwa. India has so far won seven medals in the competition.
The Indian trio shot a combined score of 347 out of a possible 375 to finish behind host Kazakhstan, who won Silver with a combined effort of 350. Team Kuwait won Gold after finishing with an identical score of 350.
The Men’s Skeet yesterday, Mairaj and Sheeraz were placed 9th and 10th respectively on identical scores of 69 out of 75 targets, Angad Bajwa was at the 23rd place with 64 at the end of the first day of qualification.
With two more rounds left for qualification, all three shot one perfect round of 25 each. Sheeraz and Mairaj had an additional round of 24 to finish on 118. Three other shooters finished on the same score to go into a shoot-off to decide four finalists. Saif Bin Futtais of the UAE and Mansour Al Rashedi of Kuwait ended on 119 to secure the first two spots out of six.
Mairaj lost out in the tight shoot-off missing his 8th shot.
In the final, Sheeraz persisted the first phase where Mansour of Kuwait was eliminated in sixth place. In the second phase, Ali Doosti was eliminated in 5th place on a score of 24. Sheeraz went on to score 33 but bowed out in fourth place.
Competitions to the 7th Asian Championship Shotgun conclude on Sunday with the Mixed Team Skeet event.