India bags bronze medal in men’s team skeet at ISSF Shotgun World Cup 

Tokyo Olympics quota holder Angad Bajwa hit all his targets as India beat Kazakhstan for bronze in the team skeet event. India women lost their bronze medal match.

By Ubaid Parkar

India managed to win a bronze medal in the men’s team skeet event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Shotgun World Cup in Cairo, Egypt on Friday.

The men’s team, comprising Mairaj Ahmed Khan, Angad Vir Singh Bajwa and Gurjoat Khangura, beat Kazakhstan 6-2 in the bronze match at the Egyptian Shooting Club. Angad Bajwa, who has sealed a quota place for the Tokyo Olympics along with Mairaj Khan, starred for India as he hit all his 16 targets.

India could have qualified for the gold medal match but they lost 6-5 to Russia in a shoot-off after the two were tied at a score of 491 each out of 525 in qualifying, which comprised seven rounds.

Russia went on to win the gold medal by beating the Czech Republic 6-0 in the final.

The Indian women’s skeet team of Ganemat Sekhon, Parinaaz Dhaliwal and Karttiki Singh Shaktawat too made it to the bronze medal match against Kazakhstan but lost 6-4.

Incidentally, Russia bagged gold by beating the Czech Republic in the women’s event too. The score was 6-2.

India, both men and women, had a disappointing outing in the individual skeet event a day earlier, failing to qualify for the final.

The ISSF Shotgun World Cup will hold the skeet mixed team event, along with the final, on Saturday.

The tournament concludes on March 4 with the trap events.