ISSF World Cup: Ankur Mittal wins double trap gold

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India's Ankur Mittal clinched the gold medal at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in the double trap event, pipping his Australian rival James Willet in the final in a world record-equalling effort in Acapulco, Mexico on Wednesday.

Ankur, 24, had won silver in the same event at last month's World Cup in Delhi, where Willett had won gold with a world record score. Mittal ended with 75 points out of possible 80 in the six-man final to win India's first medal in the competition while Willet managed 73. China's Qi Ying finished third to take bronze.

"I wouldn't call it a revenge," said Mittal after the award ceremony. "James is great shooter and winning and being defeated is all part of the game. The conditions in the finals range were perfect. Wind affected most of the qualification rounds, but in the afternoon it was not so strong."

Ankur shot strong throughout the day, ending second in qualification with a score of 138 out of a possible 150. He also got the better off China s Ying Qi 6-5 in a shoot-off to decide second and third spots after both had finished their qualifying rounds on the same score.

In the ensuing 80-targets final round, Ankur missed a total of five targets, including just two in his last 40 to equal the world record and finish on top with a score of 75.

His nemesis in New Delhi, Willet missed seven targets while the Chinese Ying won bronze, shooting a score of 52, before being eliminated after 60 targets.

Medal events now remain in the Men's and Women's Skeet shooting disciplines, scheduled to be held over the weekend.

Rashmmi Rathore will be India's sole competitor in the Women's Skeet while Angad Vir Singh Bajwa, Man Singh and Amrinder Cheema will carry India's hopes in the Men's Skeet.