Prithviraj Tondaiman wins maiden individual World Cup medal | More sports News

DOHA: India Prithviraj Tondaiman won his first individual World Cup medal after capturing a bronze medal in the men’s trap competition at the current competition ISSF World Cup Rifle here Saturday.
Prithviraj finished with 20 hits on the first 25 targets in the medal game to settle for bronze at Lusail Range.
40-year-old Turkish athlete Tuzun Oguzhan won gold, after scoring a 14-man shootout for the final qualifying spot.
He shot 33 targets in the 35-shot medal game as Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Matthew John Coward-Holley won silver with 30 hits to his name.
Prithviraj finished fourth overnight after 75 targets on day one of qualifying and shot two rounds of 24 apiece early on Saturday to post a score of 122.
This secured him a top-eight berth, but he still had to go through a play-off to determine qualifying ranks.
He finished third in the five-man play-off to earn sixth place in qualifying and enter the first ladder game. 14 shooters finished out of 121 and Tuzun won this shoot-off to claim the eighth and final qualifying spot.
In his 25-hit ranking game, Prithviraj missed just three targets to top the field with 22 hits.
Matthew hit 21 and accompanied Prithviraj to the medal match, where Tuzun and Kuwait’s Nased Meqlad joined them.
Prithviraj and Naser then missed two of the first 15 targets in the medal match, but Naser pulled out due to the lower bib number, securing the Indian’s first individual. ISSF World Cup stage medal.
Former Commonwealth Games champion Shreyasi Singh also made the rounds in the women’s trap competition but retired with 21 of 25 hits.
Fatima Galvez of Spain, the mixed team trap gold medalist at the Tokyo Olympics, topped the game with 24 hits, while eventual gold medalist Penny Smith of Australia also came out on top. qualified for the medal game with 23 hits.
Shreyasi previously equaled the national record of 118 to finish sixth in qualifying. She shot innings 24 and 22 that day and then, although qualification was assured, also won a three-way shootout with seven straight hits, to cement sixth place.
Still in the women’s trap, Rajeshwari Kumari recovered from a horrific first day, finishing with rounds of 22 and 23 to claim 46th place with a score of 107.
The third Indian in contention, Preeti Rajak, shot 105 to finish lower at 50th position. Kirti Gupta, who played for ranking points, only shot 110.
Bhowneesh Mendiratta was the second best Indian in the men’s trap with a score of 120 which earned him a 27th place finish while Zoravar Singh Sandhu shot 119 to claim 38th place. Kynan Chenai shot 118 playing purely for ranking points.


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