Skeet shooters Mairaj Ahmad Khan and Sheeraz Sheikh finished a creditable second and third, respectively, at the Italian shooting trials for the upcoming ISSF World Cup.
The Indians were competing in the foreign category, ahead of the ISSF World Cup in Larnaca, Cyprus.
Denmark’s Rio Olympic finalist Jesper Hansen won the event that was held at Tiro Avolo Falco, Capua, Italy. A total of 150 shooters participated in the domestic trials and around 15 of them in the foreign category.
Both the reigning Olympic champions in women’s and men’s skeet from the host nation, Diana Bacosi and Gabriel Rossetti also took part in the competition as well as names like Eric Delaunay of France in the foreign category, who finished seventh at Rio.
Jesper Hansen shot 121 to win the competition while Mairaj shot 120 (24,25,23,25,23) to finish second.
Sheeraz who had finished 6th at the ISSF World Cup held in New Delhi, shot a score of 115 (23,24,20,24,24) to finish third.
The two Indians will be eyeing a berth at the World Cup in Larnaca, scheduled to begin at the end of this month.