Moscow, September 9: Indian shooting star Ankur Mittal clinched the silver medal in the men’s double trap event at the ongoing ISSF World Shotgun Championship on Tuesday which is being held in Moscow, Russia. In the junior category, 17-year-old Ahvar Rizvi also won a silver medal in the same event.
Notably, in the Men’s event, Ankur Mittal scored 66 points as he maintained his lead till the final four shots when Russia’s Vitaly Fokeev took over, eventually winning the event with 68 points. He had scored 145 points to finish first in the qualifiers. This is Mittal's first silver at a World Championship. He had previously won a gold in the World Cup held in Acapulco post his silver in New Delhi, earlier in 2017.
However, Sangram Dahiya ended in 20th place with 135, while Md. Asab came in 23rd with 133 hits in the qualifying round. The trio combined for a fifth spot in the Team category with 413 points, where Italy won Gold with 418.
The 17-year-old Ahvar Rizvi, competing in his maiden World Championship final, with 66 out of 80 targets with Dedman a point ahead on 67. Ahvar carried his shoot-off momentum and shot brilliantly to lead for right till the end, but lost the Gold in the last two targets to talented Briton James Dedman. Dedman won Bronze in the senior category at the New Delhi World Cup stage event earlier this year, as well as a Junior World Cup Gold very recently in Italy.
Meanwhile, in the junior men’s double trap team event, India won the gold with a combined score of 401. Italy won silver with 389 and China bronze with 387. Italy is on top of the medal table so far with six Gold medals and a total of 11 medals. India is in the fourth spot with one Gold and two Silver medals. The men’s and women’s Skeet competitions now remain.