Ronjan misses a medal

NEW DELHI: Ronjan Sodhi shot a national record 145 out of 150, but a below-par 38 in the final saw him slipping to the fifth place in the doubletrap event of the Shotgun World Cup at Kerrville, U.S.

The 29-year-old Ronjan, unlucky to have missed a berth for the Beijing Olympics despite the impressive efforts last season, shot rounds of 49, 48 and 48 to lead the 30 shooters into the final, a point ahead of the eventual gold medallist Hakan Dahlby of Sweden.

In doing so, Ronjan erased the national record of 144 set by Olympic silver medalist Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore at Bangkok in 2005.

Significantly, he was only two points short of the world record of 147 set by Michael Diamond of Australia in the World Championship at Barcelona in 1998.

In the final, Ronjan dropped seven of the last 20 birds, including a double, to end up with a unflattering total of 183.

After having missed only five of the 150 birds in the preliminary phase, Ronjan struggled to cope with the tough winds and ended up missing as many as 12 of the 50 birds in the final.

Rathore had rounds of 47, 47 and 46 but missed out on making the final in a shoot-off with Walton Eller of the U.S. and Vitaly Fokeev of Russia, as the three fought for the last two places, at 140.

Dahlby followed up on his 144 with a 46 to take the gold with a 190.

The Sydney Olympics gold medallist Richard Faulds of Britain pipped Jeffrey Holguin of the U.S. 14-13 in the tie-shoot to take the silver after the two had shot the best in the final with identical scores of 47 to be eventually tied at 189.

The results:

Men’s doubletrap:

1. Hakan Dahlby (Swe) 190 (144); 2. Richard Faulds (GBR) 189 (14) 142; 3. Jeffrey Holguin (U.S.) 189; 5. Ronjan Sodhi 183 (145); 7. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore 140; 19. Vikram Bhatnagar 130. MQS: Mohammed Asab 136; Ajay Mittal 126.

Men’s skeet:

1. Ariel Mauricio Flores (Mex) 147 (122); 2. Tore Brovold (Nor) 146 (122); 3. Valerio Luchini (Ita) 144 (120); 35. Allan Daniel Peoples 111; 43. Mairaj Ahmad Khan 107. MQS: Arozepal Sandhu 116; Man Singh 109. — Special Correspondent

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