New Delhi, Mar 23: 16-year old Vivaan Kapoor shot his first Junior World Cup medal, a Bronze, in the men’s trap event, on day three of the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun in Sydney, Australia on Friday. Also Read - Athletes Won't Fear Returning to Stadiums For Training: Shooter Anjum Moudgil
Vivaan shot 30 birds in the six-man final to come away with a podium finish after 40 shots of the 45-shot final. He also added a second Bronze in the day, winning the Team Bronze medal in the event along with compatriots Lakshay Sheoran and Ali Aman Elahi. Also Read - Manu Bhaker 'Very Hopeful' of Tokyo Olympics Taking Place Next Year, Says Confident of Maintaining my Game And Hitting Peak Form There
Italy’s junior world championship silver medalist and multiple junior world cup medalist Matteo Marongiu won the individual gold in the event, getting the better of China’s Yiliu Ouyang in a shoot-off after both were tied at 39 hits a piece at the end of the final. Yiliu missed the second bird in the shoot-off. Also Read - NRAI Expected to Announce India's Shooting Contingent for Tokyo Olympics
Vivaan, Lakshay and Ali compiled a score of 328 collectively to finish behind Silver medalists Australia (331) and Gold medalists China (335) in the Team section.
In the individual event, Vivaan shot 113 in qualification to qualify as the fifth finalist after coming second best to the Silver winning Chinese 4-3 in a shoot-off to determine minor places. He then shot 26 out of the first 35 birds to edge out Chinese Taipei’s Kun-Pi Yang who also had the same number of hits but Vivaan had qualified in a higher position for the final, which ensured his first Junior World Cup medal.
India had another finalist on the day with Sam George Sajan Christopher Ramesh in the Junior Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Postiions, shooting 1140 in qualifying to eventually finish sixth in the final with a score of 402.5.
India so far have two gold and three bronze medals in the competition and are placed second behind China, who have collected five Gold, one Silver and three Bronze medals for a total of nine medals so far. (With ANI inputs)