Former World Champion Manavjit Sandhu’s quest for the Olympic quota place for the Rio Games continued to be elusive as he shot 118 (22,23,24,25,24) and missed the men’s trap final by two points in the Shotgun World Championship in Lonato, Italy, on Saturday.
Manavjit finished 15th in a strong field of 169 shooters from 69 countries. Manavjit will take his last shot for an Olympic berth at the Asian Shooting championship from November 1st to 12th in Kuwait. Hopefully Indian shotgun shooters will grab one or two Olympic berth as by that time leading shooters from Asia would have already booked the quotas for their country.
The other Indians in the event today, Zoravar Singh Sandhu shot 112 (22,22,25,24,19) to finish 79th while Kynan Chenai finished one spot below at 80th with a score of 112 (23,25,22,23,19).
The gold was won by Erik Varga of Slovakia, Giovanni Pellielo of Italy won the silver while Belgium’s Maxime Mottet won the bronze.
In Women’s Trap, Rajeshwari Kumari had the best score among the Indians as she shot 65 (22,22,21) to finish 34th, 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Shreyasi Singh shot 64 (22,19,23) to finish 40th while Olympian Shagun Chowdhary shot 62 (22,20,20) to finish 57th.
The gold was won by Fatima Galvez (ESP) who had qualified for the finals after winning a shoot-off among five others for the sixth spot, Elena Tkach (RUS) won the silver while Pak Yong Hui (PRK) took the bronze.