Defending champion and former world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu equalled the Asian record of 124 out of 125 in qualification, but had to settle for bronze in the men’s trap event of the third Asian shotgun championship in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday.

Six-time Asian champion Manavjit was reduced to fighting for the bronze as he shot 13 in the semifinals, and missed the gold medal match by one point.

He beat the former world junior champion Abdulrahman Al Faihan of Kuwait 14-13 in the bronze medal contest.

After leading with 49 overnight, Manavjit shot three perfect rounds in qualification, before faltering in the single-barrel knock-out stage.

With Zoravar Singh Sandhu and Mansher Singh also making it to the knock-out stage, hopes were high in the Indian camp but it could manage only an individual bronze.

However, there was consolation in the form of the team gold.

Sharan misses gold

In the junior section, Gyanchand Susheel Sharan lost the gold by one point to the former World junior champion Talal Alrashidi, while the 14-year-old Manavaditya Singh Rathore underlined his potential by clinching the bronze.

The junior trap shooters also won the team gold for India.

The results: Trap: Men: 1. Hamad Alkendi (UAE) 14 (15) 120; 2. Fehaid Aldeehani (Kuw) 12 (14) 121; 3. Manavjit Singh Sandhu 14 (13) 124; 4. Abdulahman Al Faihan (Kuw) 13 (13) 120; 5. Zoravar Singh Sandhu 12 (121); 6. Mansher Singh 12 (120).

Junior men: 1. Talal Alrashidi (Kuw) 120; 2. Gyanchand Susheel Sharan 119; 3. Manavaditya Singh Rathore 111; 9. Mohammed Shees Kazmi 100.

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