India started their campaign in the Asian Clay Shooting Championship at Almaty, Kazakhstan with a bang, making a clean sweep of medals at stake in double-trap on Saturday.
Delhi shooter and World Cup gold-medallist last year, Ronjan Sodhi, clinched gold with an aggregate score of 188 (144 + 44) to cap a superb performance on a wet and windy day. He then played a pivotal role in guiding India to its second title when Vikram Chopra (132), Vikram Bhatnagar (124) and Ronjan (144) earned the country the team gold with an aggregate score of 400.
Sangram Dahiya added more sheen to the performance when he bagged gold in the junior category with a score of 179 (135 + 44). “It’s nice to win gold in tough conditions. It was cold and windy all through and started raining in the finals. And with the range not covered, we all got drenched,” said Ronjan.
“It also feels good to reach the finals in four of the six major competitions I have competed in this year. After the silver medal in the ISSF World Cup at Minsk, I finished fifth in the World Championship at Maribor this year. Today’s performance has shown that I have been consistent all through,” said Ronjan.