New Delhi: India topped the medals tally in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup with four gold, one silver and four bronze medals for a total of nine medals in Guadalajara, Mexico. It was India’s best show in any of the ISSF events so far.
On the final day of the competition, among the three Indian shooters in the fray in the Men’s Skeet competition, Smit Singh finished with the score of 116 in qualifying to place 15th. Angad Bajwa shot 115 to end in 18th spot while Sheeraz Sheikh secured 30th spot with a score of 112.
Two times Olympic Champion Vincent Hancock of the USA won the gold in the event. He did it in style by first topping qualification with a sublime 123 out of 125 and then followed it up in the final, with a world record equaling 59 out of 60.
He was, however, matched by Paul Adams of Australia and finally got the better of him 6-5 in a shoot-off for Gold and Silver. Italy’s Tammaro Cassandro won Bronze with 49 hits in the final.
For the first time in the history of the sport, India have emerged triumphant in a world event, thanks mainly to the exploits of young guns like Shahzar Rizvi, Manu Bhaker, Akhil Sheoran, Om Prakash Mitharval, Anjum Moudgil and Mehuli Ghosh. (ANI).