Vivaan Kapoor bagged a bronze medal in Men’s Trap and also clinched the team bronze along with Lakshay Sheoran and Ali Aman Elahi on the third day of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun in Sydney, Australia.
Kapoor shot 30 birds in the six-man final to come away with a podium finish after 40 shots of the 45-shot final.
Italy’s junior world championship Silver medallist Matteo Marongiu won the individual gold in the event, getting the better of China’s Yiliu Ouyang in a shoot-off after both were tied at 39 hits a piece at the end of the final. Yiliu missed the second bird in the shoot-off.
Kapoor, Sheoran and Elahi compiled a score of 328 collectively to finish behind China (335) and Australia (331) in the team section.
In the individual event, Kapoor shot 113 in qualification to qualify as the fifth finalist after coming second best to the silver winning Ouyang 4-3 in a shoot-off to determine minor places. He then shot 26 out of the first 35 birds to edge out Chinese Taipei’s Kun-Pi Yang who also had the same number of hits but the Indian had qualified in a higher position for the final, which ensured him his first Junior World Cup medal.
India had another finalist on the day with Sam George Sajan Christopher Ramesh in the Junior Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Postiions, shooting 1140 in qualifying to eventually finish sixth in the final with a score of 402.5.
India so far have two Gold and three bronze medals in the competition and are placed second behind China, who have collected five Gold, one Silver and three Bronze medals for a total of nine medals so far. Saturday has the Junior Men’s and Women’s 10m Air Pistol final lined up as well as the Mixed Team Trap final.