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Sports Shorts: Junior men's skeet team tops qualifying but no medals for India on day 9 of ISSF WC

Source: PTI
September 10, 2018 12:57 IST
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Saurabh Chaudhary

IMAGE: Saurabh Chaudhary of India competes. Photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters

India's junior men's skeet team claimed the top spot after day one of qualifying to be in contention for gold but the country failed to fetch any medals or Olympic quota places at the ISSF World Championship, in Changwon, South Korea, on Monday.

Gurnihal Singh Garcha shot 73 out of 75 to be in second place, Anantjeet Singh Naruka 71 to lie 11th, while Ayush Rudraraju shot 70 to take up the individual 12th place on day one of the junior men's skeet qualifiers.


Their combined score of 214, put them in top spot in the team event, a point ahead of Team Cyprus. Tuesday will see two more qualifying rounds followed by the individual final.

However, Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Anish Bhanwala, 15, could not make the finals of the men's 25m rapid fire pistol event, missing out by three points.

India ended day nine of the International Shooting Sport Federation's (ISSF) premier event fourth on the medals tally with 20 medals, including seven gold.

Also finishing fourth and just outside the medals was Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar in the men's 50m rifle 3 positions junior event.

Aishwarya shot 1155 to qualify for the finals in fifth place. In the eight-man final, Aishwarya came into medal position at several junctures but eventually finished fourth with a score of 431.7.

Iran's Ali Nekounam won gold, first in three medals he has won in the championship.

Anish shot 581 in the qualification round, following a solid round of 292 in the rapid fire stage on Monday.

But he fell short of the sixth and final qualifying spot by three points. The youngster shot the same score as Christian Reitz, the reigning Olympic champion, who also did not qualify. China's Lin Junmin won the gold in the event.

In the same field, Gurpreet Singh shot 570 in qualifiers to finish 43rd, while Shivam Shukla shot 568 to end 46th.

In the men's 50m rifle 3 positions (junior), Fateh Singh Dhillon shot 1138 in qualifiers to finish 38th, followed by C Sam George Sajan, who scored 1124 for the 47th position. The team finished 10th with a score of 3417.

In the women's 300m rifle prone, Lajja Gauswami managed 577 in qualifiers to end 17th. Ranajana Gupta shot 556 to finish 33rd.

Japan Open: Sindhu eyes successful outing; Saina, Praneeth pull out

A historic Asiad silver added to her path-breaking career collection, ace Indian shuttler P V Sindhu would be desperate to break the final jinx that has plagued her for a while when she competes at the Japan Open starting on Tuesday.

Sindhu has been outstanding this season with silver medals in all the major events this year -- the Commonwealth Games, the World Championship and the Asian Games.

They are all medals to be cherished but a hectic schedule leaves her with very little time to stay in the moment.

Add to it, the questions that have been staring at the Olympic silver-medallist for not being able to go the full distance in marquee summit clashes.

Heading into the Asian circuit events, which include China and Korea, Sindhu would look to put these questions to rest.

The third-seeded 23-year-old begins her campaign against Japan's Sayaka Takahashi.

She is expected to reach the quarterfinal where she is likely to face the three-time either world champion Carolina Marin or the formidable Akane Yamaguchi of Japan.

Saina Nehwal, who won a bronze medal at the Asiad, has pulled out of the USD 700,000 BWF World Tour Super 750.

Among the men, Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy will look to get over the disappointing campaigns in the World championship and the Asian Games and go deep into the draw.

Srikanth, a former world No.1 whose best finish this season has been a semifinal appearance at the Malaysia Open, will face China's Huang Yuxiang. Prannoy will take on Jonathan Christie, the Indonesian who earned his country a maiden Asian Games gold in August.

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