New Delhi: India’s Ankur Mittal won his maiden ISSF World Cup medal on Tuesday by clinching silver in the double trap event of the edition being held in Moscow.
Mittal scored 74 points in the final round, and fell an agonising one point short of tying with the eventual gold medallist from Australia, James Willett. His 75 points is also a new world record.
The 24-year-old shooter’s silver was India’s second medal in the tournament so far, adding to Pooja Ghatkar’s bronze in the 10m air rifle last week. He had previously won double trap gold and bronze at the Asian Shooting Championships in 2014 and 2016, respectively.
Mittal scored 137 points in the qualifying round in which he stood fourth. Sangram Dahiya, who finished third in qualifying with 138 points, ended up at sixth position in the final. He scored 24 points.
Also on Tuesday, Tejaswini Sawant ended up a lowly seventh in the women’s 50m rifle three positions final. She finished with a total of 402.4, after grabbing the last qualifying spot with a score of 582.
Tejaswini, the 2010 World Championships gold medallist, scored 150.2 in the kneeling round, 155.6 in the prone position and 96.6 in the standing elimination round.
India also grabbed gold in the unofficial mixed team test event when Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu beat Japan in 10m pistol mixed team.