Ankur Mittal wins double gold trap at the ISSF World Championship

Ankur Mittal Wins Double Trap Gold In ISSF World Championship

Ankur Mittal claimed the men's double trap gold medal at the ISSF World Championship for the biggest win of his career, as the Indian shooting team continued its dominance in Saturday's main tournament. The multiple World Cup medalist shot 140 out of 150 to go to a gold tiebreaker with Yiyang Yang of China and Hubert Andrzej of Slovakia. The 26-year-old overcame the Chinese by 4-3 and came out triumphant after the Slovak lost his second clay goal to reach the bronze. Ankur also won the team's bronze at the event along with his compatriots Md. Asab and Shardul Vihaan, his 409-point tally that places them behind China's 410 and the gold-winning team in Italy's 411 count.

In other events of the day, two Indian women were lost in the final of their respective events by the narrowest of margins. Anjum Moudgil, who already won a silver here in 10m air rifle and a 2020 Olympic quota place for India, shot 1170 in the qualifying round of 3 positions of 50m female rifle to finish ninth. The best eight reach the final.

Anjum received the same score as the eighth, Nina Christen, from Switzerland, but Nina's 66 internal blows were higher than the total of 56 Anjum inmates, which put the Swiss in the lead in the ranking. Manu Bhaker, in the 25-meter women's pistol, added 584 in qualifying to finish tenth.

At the end of the second round of rapid fire qualification, four shooters – Xiu Hong Teh from Singapore, Aldana Saad Almubarak from Qatar, Greece Olympian and world champion in the 10-meter pistol Anna Korakaki and Manu, were tied with the same score .

However, Xiu and Almubarak managed to get through, since their account of 22 and 21 inmates out of 10 was better than that of Anna 19 and Manu 16.

In the mixed trap junior team event, Manisha Keer and Manavaditya Singh Rathore reached the final of six teams with a score of 139, which placed them in second place. Finally they finished in fourth place, with a score of 24 in the final. The Italian pair of Erica Sessa and Lorenzo Ferrari won the gold medal with the juvenile world record of 42 in the final. After the seventh day of competition, India has 20 medals: seven gold, seven silver and six bronze, placing them in second place behind Korea and ahead of China.

India has also secured two Olympic fees, making it the country's best performance in the World Championship.