Noria shoots gold at world meet

SHOOTING / Wins double trap equalling junior World record

Asher Noria won the double trap gold by equalling the junior World record of 146 in the 50th World shooting championship in Munich on Thursday.

The 17-year-old Hyderabad lad established his roaring form, even as the senior Indian shooters struggled, as he came up with a series of 49, 49 and 48. His effort equalled the World junior record set by William Chetcuti in the European championship in Nicosia, Cyprus, in 2004.

Noria's show was just one short of the world record of 147 among men. On a day when World record holder Ronjan Sodhi finished 23rd with a score of 139, following rounds of 42, 48 and 49, Noria was able to establish his class in a field of 18.

Third appearance

It was the third World championship appearance for Noria, who had finished seventh in Nicosia in 2007 and 12th in Maribor in 2009 in the shotgun World championships, with scores of 130 and 133 respectively.

It was a giant leap for the young man, but he had given a hint of his ability by winning the international competition in Suhl, two years in a row.

Noria joined the elite league of Jaspal Rana who had won the World championship gold with a World junior record in 1994. Navnath Fartade had won the air rifle junior gold in the last edition in Zagreb in 2006.

Rajkumari Dhodia had won the junior women's bronze in 2002 and Harveen Srao had won the junior women's air pistol bronze in 2006.

Juniors finish fourth

The junior Indian team had to be content with the fourth spot among four teams, as Ankur Mittal had shot a mere 107 to be placed 18th among as many juniors. The Indian lads, with Shayan Masood (137) as the other member, missed the bronze by two points.

The Indian men finished 12th among 15 teams, with Vikram Bhatnagar (135) and Shazan Masood (131) taking the 35th and 45th spots respectively in a field of 59.

In junior women's air pistol, Rahi Sarnobat came up with a score of 375, following rounds of 95, 94, 95 and 91, to be 11th among 79. She had finished eighth in sport pistol earlier.

The results:

Double trap: Junior men: 1. Asher Noria 146; 2. Alessandro Chianese (Ita) 141; 3. Filip Praj (Svk) 140; 7. Shayan Masood 137; 18. Ankur Mittal 107.

Team: 1. Russia 410; 2. Italy 407; 3. US 392; 4. India 390.

10m air pistol: Junior women: 1. Khongorzul Tsagaandalai (Mgl) 382; 2. Alisson Gallien (Fra) 381; 3. Yeji Kim (Kor) 380; 11. Rahi Sarnobat 375; 20. Lovleen Kaur 372; 39. Komal Barot 368.

Team: 1. Korea 1136; 2. China 1130; 3. Poland 1117; 4. India 1115 .

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