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    Mairaj Khan wins historic Skeet Gold at ISSF World Cup

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    Mairaj Ahmad Khan wins Gold in Men's Skeet at ISSF Wotld Cup in Changwon, Korea.

    Mairaj Ahmed Khan on Monday created history by winning India’s first-ever ISSF World Cup gold in Men’s Skeet in Changwon, Korea.

    In the 40-shot final, the 46-year-old shot 37 to finish ahead of Korea’s Minsu Kim (36) and Britain’s Ben Llewellin (26), who won the silver and bronze respectively.

    The shooter shot 119/125 over two days of qualifying before coming through in a five-way shoot-off enroute his maiden individual gold.

    The two-time Olympian, who is the oldest member of the Indian contingent in Changwon this year, had won a silver at the Rio World Cup in 2016.

    Earlier in the day, the Indian trio of Anjum Moudgil, Ashi Chouksey and Sift Kaur Samra won Bronze in the Women’s 50m Rifle Three Positions Team. The Indians outplayed the Austrian team of Sheileen Waibel, Nadine Ungerank, and Rebecca Koeck 16-6 in the bronze medal match to comfortably secure a podium finish.

    But the day undoubtedly belonged to Mairaj. After finishing with 119, he found himself vying for two final qualification spots along with four others, including two-time Olympic medallist Abdullah Al Rashidi of Kuwait.

    When Shotaro Toguchi of Japan missed his eighth shoot-off shot, he was assured of a top-eight spot.

    In the ranking round he was up against Sven Korte (Germany), Minki Cho (Korea) and Nicolas Vasilou (Cyprus) for another round of 30 targets. He topped the round with 27 hits as Sven followed him to the medal round with 25 hits.

    With one gold and bronze on Monday, India remained on top of the medal tally with 13 podiums (5 gold, 5 silver, and 3 bronze).

    The Results:

    Men’s Skeet: 1. Mairaj Ahmad Khan (IND) 37 (27) 119(12); 2. Kim Minsu (KOR) 36 (27) 120(12); 3. Ben Llewellin (GBR) 26 (26) 121(4).

    Women’s Skeet: 1. Lucie Anastassiou (FRA) 34(11) 26 (118); 2. Amber Hill (GBR) 34(10) 29 (120); 3. Chiara Di Marziantonio (ITA) 23 (25) 117(12).

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