Indian shooter Mairaj Ahmed Khan made a successful start to his campaign at the ISSF World Cup by winning a silver medal in men’s skeet event in Rio de Janeiro.Mairaj’s feat gave India its first skeet medal at a World Cup.
The 40-year-old Indian shooter finished with an overall tally of 14 in the gold medal match but lost out to Marcus Svensson of Sweden in a shoot off after the latter was also tied at 14. Tamarro Casandro of Italy won the bronze.
Mairaj shot 122 in the qualifying, 15/16 in semi-final stage of six-men final round and then 14+1 in the gold medal match.Mairaj’s best international performance previous to this was a team gold in the Commonwealth Shooting Championship in 2010.Out of 26 World Cup appearances this was his best ever finish in his first-ever final round.
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