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September 17, 2000
Anwar Sultan joint 26th in trap shooting
Indian marksman Anwar Sultan shot 45 birds out of 50 on the final day of the men's trap event to finish joint 26th with three others in the trap event at the Olympic Games Shooting range on Sunday.
Sultan followed his miserable first day score of 63/75 with an improved 45 on Saturday to tally 108 off 125 and force a four-way tie for the 26th place in the 41-player field.
Sultan tied with Francisco Boza (Peru), Peter Boden (Britain) and Joao Rebelo (Portugal).
Sultan, who won the quota place to the Olympics by virtue of his silver medal-winning performance in the Asian Shooting Championships in Langkawi (Malaysia) in January, was well below his best of 119/125.
The 38-year-old Anwar had achieved 119 at the Langkawi Championships and even an identical effort in Sydney would have seen him entering the final of the trap event.
Six marksmen who had scores of 115 plus out of 125 qualified for the final, which was won by Michael Diamond of Australia.
Diamond, who had a four-point lead over British rival Ian Peel after 125 birds at 122 to 118, shot a perfect 25 off 25 in the final round to grab the gold.
Peel (118+24 - 142) took silver while Giovanni Pellielo of Italy (116+24 - 140) settled for bronze medal.
Kuwaiti Khaled Al Mudhaf (115+24), Marco Venturini (115+23) and David Kostelecky (116+22) of the Czech Republic were the others who made it to the final.
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