NEW DELHI: World champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu finished 17th with a 119 out of 125 in the shotgun World Cup in Suhl, Germany, on Friday.

The 31-year-old Manavjit had a series of 25, 21, 24, 25 and 24. His target of making the final was undone by the second card of 21.

He missed out on a place in the final by two points.

Alexey Alipov of Russia beat five others on the shoot-off for the last entry into the finals after being tied at 121 to eventually capture the bronze medal.

Two-time Olympic champion Michael Diamond of Australia, who had won the gold in the last World Cup continued with his brilliant form as he captured one more gold with a 145 out of 150.

He pipped Bret Erickson of the US by one point.

The two other Indians in the fray Anwer Sultan and Mansher Singh finished 49th and 63rd in a field of 96.

Anwer had rounds of 23, 24, 24, 20 and 24 for a 115 while the Olympic quota holder Mansher had a series of 21, 21, 25, 22, 24 for a 113.

Quite commendably, Zoravar Singh Sandhu was a class act in the MQS section as he shot five rounds of 24 for a 120. Birendeep Sodhi shot 23, 23, 23, 24 and 22 for his 115.

Rossi wins gold

In the women’s trap, the 16-year-old junior world champion Jessica Rossi of Italy bagged the gold ahead of the seasoned shooters with a 94 out of 100.

The Indian shooters finished at the bottom with Seema Tomar (57) and Shreyasi Singh (50) being the last two in a field of 46.

Shagun Chowdhary was relatively better as she shot rounds of 19, 21, 21 for a 61 that put her at No.38.

The results: Men’s trap: 1. Michael Diamond (Aus) 145 (123); 2. Bret Erickson (US) 144 (122); 3. Alexey Alipov (Rus) 143 (121); 17. Manavjit Singh Sandhu 119; 49. Anwer Sultan 115; 63. Mansher Singh 113; MQS: Zoravar Singh Sandhu 120; Birendeep Sodhi 115.

Women’s trap: 1. Jessica Rossi (Ita) 94 (72); 2. Daniela Del Din (Smr) 93 (73); 3. Liu YIngzi (Chn) 92 (70); 38. Shagun Chowdhary 61; 45. Seema Tomar 57; 46. Shreyasi Singh 50.

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