India’s shooting contingent bagged the country’s fourth medal iof the 18th Asian Games with young Indian shooter Lakshay Sheroan bagging the silver medal in the men’s trap event in Indonesia on Monday.
The 19-year-old Lakshay shot 39 out of 45 to finish second on the podium.
Taipei’s Kunpi Yang won the gold medal while equalling the Games record with 48, while Korea’s Daemyeong Ahn bagged bronze after scoring 30 at the JSC Shooting Range.
(Follow India’s events on day two here.)
India’s Manavjit Singh Sandhu, who topped the qualification, finished fourth in the final with 26 after 30 shots, having stayed on course for a while. This is the Indian shooting contingent’s third medal at the ongoing Games.
While Manavjit came with the pedigree, Lakshay produced the fireworks in the final, firing 17 straight targets in a row at one point.
Here’s a quick profile on the up and coming shooting talent from India.
Date of Birth: November 4, 1998
Event at Asian Games: Men’s trap, trap mixed team
Past performance (if any): N/A
Best performance so far: Bronze, mixed team at ISSF Junior Shotgun World Cup in 2017
Brief Description: Lakshay Sheroan is a promising, young trap shooter who has done well at the junior level internationally.
Born in Jind, Haryana, he started competing only in 2014 and has been consistently climbing the ranks in the last four years. He is coached by PS Sodhi. At the selection trials, he pipped former world champion Manavjit Sandhu and Olympian Kynan Chenai, to become the India No 1. He is representing India in both men’s and mixed team trap at the Asian Games.
The teenager was part of the bronze-medal winning team along with Vivaan Kapoor and Ali Aman Elahi at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney, Australia earlier this year.
He was also the junior national trap champion in 2017, beating stiff competition at the 61st National Shooting Championship in Kerala.
His biggest win came at the ISSF Junior Shotgun World Cup in Porpetto, Italy, in August 2017 when he won the bronze in the mixed team trap competition with Manisha Keer. A month earlier, he had also won the silver in the Junior Men’s Trap at the 9th International Junior Shotgun Cup in Orimattila, Finland in July last year, along with the team bronze.
He finished 15th in the final standings in junior ISSF World Championship Shotgun in Moscow last year.