Indian shooters finish second in Junior World Cup

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Lakshaya Chopra, Kismat Chopra and Manavaditya Singh Rathore bagged the team bronze in the Men's Trap event as India ended their campaign at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup with a total of 24 medals to grab the second place in the overall standings.

India finished with a total of nine gold, five silver and 10 bronze medals as the year's second and final Junior World Cup concluded on Thursday.

Manavaditya, who had qualified for the individual bronze medal match in the event, was part of two shoot-offs in the lead-up, but only managed to finish fourth, coming second-best to Italy's Matteo Marongiu.

Lakshaya, Kismat and Manavaditya bagged bronze in the Men's Trap team event, shooting a total of 347 out of the possible 375 hits. Italy shot 360 to win Gold while Australia finished a point ahead of India to claim Silver.

Earlier, both Manavaditya and Lakshaya were tied in fifth place, with two other shooters on a score of 118 at the end of the qualifying round of 125 shots each. Only six shooters qualify for the final rounds.

In the ensuing shoot-off Manavaditya and China's Chengjiang Liu were on target with their first two shots and qualified.

Lakshaya missed his second and the other Kazakh shooter, Nikolay Belskiy, missed his first, to be placed seventh and eighth respectively.

In the Semi-finals, Manavaditya was again tied with four others, including eventual Gold medalist, Australia's Jack Wallace, to even have a shot at the Gold medal match.

Russia topped the medal standings with 12 Golds for a total of 25 medals. A total of 18 countries won medals at the competition.

The ISSF bandwagon now moves to Italy, where the Senior World Cup Finals, the season's final competition of the year's best shooters in every discipline, is scheduled for early next month.

India will have three shooters, Jitu Rai, Mairaj Ahmad Khan and Sanjeev Rajput participating in the event.