Willet wins Trap gold as Kynan, Prithviraj fall short

Sports Reporter
Friday, 22 March 2019

Kynan Chenai shot 123 out of 125 and Prithviraj Tondaiman 121, but the standard of Shooting was so high that both Indians could not make their way into the final of the Men’s Trap, won eventually by Australian James Willet, at the World Cup Shotgun in Acapulco, Mexico.

Pune: Kynan Chenai shot 123 out of 125 and Prithviraj Tondaiman 121, but the standard of Shooting was so high that both Indians could not make their way into the final of the Men’s Trap, won eventually by Australian James Willet, at the World Cup Shotgun in Acapulco, Mexico.

Kynan was left ruing a last round 24 in qualification, which put him in a six-way shoot-off for the sixth and final qualification spot. He became the second to bow out in the shoot-off giving him a 10thplace finish, while teammate Prithviraj Tondaiman also despite having three rounds of a perfect 25 finished 35th on a score of 121.

Earlier, Australian Willet, who made the transition from Double Trap to Trap just over a year ago, shot a perfect 125 to top the 107-strong qualification field. He was followed by four shooters with a score of 124 while Briton Nathan Hales, who claimed the final spot winning the shoot-off involving Tondaiman, was the only Shooter to qualify with a score of 123.

Egypt, China win quota
The two Tokyo 2020 quotas, however, went to Silver medalist Zaher Ahmed of Egypt and China’s Yu Haicheng, who won Bronze. James had 47 hits in the final while Zaher finished with 43 out of 50 hits and Yu’s third place score was 35.

Day four has the Mixed Team Trap finals scheduled which will see two teams from India fight for the World Cup medals.

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