India’s Zoravar Singh Sandhu was slow off the blocks in the first round of the men’s trap event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Shotgun in the Mexican city of Acapulco. It ultimately spoiled his chances of making the final, with the top six shooters moving into the final round.
After a slow start, with a score of 71/75 on the first day, Sandhu was steady on the second round. He shot a series of 25, 25 for a total of 121/125, but it wasn’t good enough to fetch him a place in the final. He finished eighth. In the season opening World Cup held recently in New Delhi, Zoravar had reached the finals. Since he was enjoying good form, he was expected to repeat his home performance in Mexico too.
The other two Indian shooters—Kynan Chenai and Birendeep Sodhi—finished down the line. Kynan Chenai was better in the first round scoring 73, but slipped down in the second round to eventually finish 11th. His total was 120.
But Birendeep Sodhi was never in contention for the top six from day one. His performance of 70 points on the opening day hinted that he was off-colour. He shot poorly in the second round to finish in the 53rd spot. His overall score was 112.
Spain’s world number five Alberto Fernandez won the gold beating compatriot Antonio Bailon 45-42 in the final. Aaron Heading of Great Britain won the bronze.