ISSF Shotgun World Cup: Mairaj Khan impressive but India misses skeet mixed team finals

India fielded two teams in the skeet mixed team event at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup, but neither made it to the final. Russia went on to win the gold medal.

By Ubaid Parkar

Indian shooters had a disappointing day at the skeet mixed team event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Shotgun World Cup in Cairo, Egypt on Saturday as neither of the two teams that took part made it to the final.

At the Egyptian Shooting Club, Mairaj Ahmad Khan and Parinaaz Dhaliwal ended higher of the two Indian pairs as they finished seventh out of 16. The duo shot a 137 with Mairaj getting an impressive 73. Leaders Russia, meanwhile, scored a 144 from a maximum of 150.

Mairaj Ahmad Khan bagged a medal -- in the men’s team skeet event -- at the ongoing ISSF Shotgun World Cup.

The second Indian pair, comprising Angad Vir Singh Bajwa and Ganemat Sekhon, finished 10th in the mixed team event with a score of 134.

In the final, Alina Fazylzyanova and Alexander Zemlin of Russia went on to win the gold medal from Poland’s Jakub Werys and Aleksandra Jarmolinska. Czech Republic’s Anna Sindelarova and Tomas Nydrle claimed the bronze.

The skeet mixed team event is not a part of the upcoming Olympic Games at Tokyo 2020.

Trap is next in the ISSF Shotgun World Cup starting with the individual and team events on Monday.

The six-member Indian trap shooting team will be looking for a podium finish, which would boost their ranking points and give them a higher chance of earning a quota for the Tokyo Olympics. 

The ISSF Shotgun World Cup, which concludes on March 4, is the final chance for trap shooters to win an Olympic quota.

Indian trap shooting squad for ISSF Shotgun World Cup 2021

Trap men: Lakshay Sheoran, Kynan Chenai, Prithviraj Tondaiman

Trap women: Rajeshwari Kumari, Shreyasi Singh, and Manisha Keer