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Ankur Mittal wins gold at Asian Shotgun Championship

Al Ain (UAE): India's impressive run at the 4th Asian Shotgun Championship continued as Ankur Mittal clinched the gold medal in men's double trap event, giving the country its fourth yellow metal in the continental event here today.

The 22-year-old shot 141 in the qualification round and 28 each in the semifinal and gold medal contest to bag the top honours.

Teammate Mohd Asab won the bronze after reaching the finals with a score of 139 in the qualification. He shot 27 in
the semifinal stage and 28 in the bronze medal match.

Elated at the news, NRAI president Raninder Singh said, "Ankur has come up the junior ranks really well and finished a creditable 16th in a top field at the Shooting World Championships in Granada earlier in the year.

"This is his best in international competition so far and we expect more improvement and greater things from him going forward. It is heartening to see youngsters perform with such aplomb in top international competitions and bodes really well for the future of the shooting sport in India."

It may be recalled that in the Continental championship that began on November 1, Seema Tomar had won the woman's trap event and team gold alongside Shagun Chaudhary and Shreyasi Singh.

Then Manavaditya Rathore, son of Olympic silver medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, won the junior trap event.

India could have further bolstered its gold tally, but the team event in the double trap men event was cancelled due
to inadequate entries from the Asian countries.

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