New Delhi, February 28: Indian shooter Ankur Mittal on Monday clinched the Silver medal in the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup at the Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi. Notably, Mittal won Silver medal with a score of 74 points in the final round of Men's Double trap event.
Mittal, appearing in his first World Cup final, gave a neck-to-neck competition to Australia's James Willett in the Gold medal match, who eventually finished first, scoring 75 points setting a new world record. Australia's James Willett scored 75 to clinch the gold medal. James Dedman of Great Britain stood third with a total of 56 points.
With this, the 24-year-old Mittal secured his first World Cup medal, further extending India's tally to two medals in the tournament so far the first being Pooja Ghatkar's bronze in the 10m air rifle event in the previous week.
Earlier on the day, Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu defeated Japan’s duo and won the gold medal in the 10m pistol mixed event, a result that isn't official as mixed team events are being tested at this World Cup. However, Tejaswini Sawant scored a total of 402.4 to finish seventh in the women's 50m rifle three positions final.
Interestingly, Ankur Mittal had earlier won a gold and bronze in the double trap event at the Asian Shooting Championships held in 2014 and 2016 respectively. He had previously scored 137 points, finishing fourth in the qualification round to advance to the final along with Sangram Dahiya, who scored 138 points to finish third. Dahiya eventually finished sixth in the final with a score of 24 points.