Ankur shoots down World silver

Wednesday 13th September 2017 07:42 EDT
 
 

Ankur Mittal of India won the silver medal in the double trap event of the World Shotgun Championship at the Fox Lodge Shooting Range in Moscow last week. In the process, Mittal became only the fourth Indian shotgun shooter to win an individual medal at the senior level of a World Championship after Dr Karni Singh, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Manavjit Singh Sandhu. This has been a phenomenal year for the 25-year-old, who went to Moscow with a kitty of two gold medals and a silver medal in top international competitions this year. He has set himself up for nicely for the ISSF World Cup Finals slated to be held in New Delhi in October. Ankur, after shooting brilliantly through the 80-shot final, narrowly lost out in the end to Russia's Vitaly Fokeev. The Russian, who was the the world champion in 2006, took the crown with 68 points to Ankur's 66. In the individual final, Ahvar carried his shoot-off momentum and shot brilliantly to lead till the end, but lost the gold in the last two targets to talented Briton James Dedman. Ahvar finished with 66 out of 80 targets, a point behind Dedman.

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