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Mittal, Rizvi win silver at Shotgun World Championship

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India's Ankur Mittal won silver in the men's double trap after scoring 66 points in the final round at the ongoing ISSF Shotgun World Championship in Moscow on Tuesday. At the same event in the junior's competition, 17-year-old Ahvar Rizvi won silver scoring 66 points.

This is Mittal's first silver at a World Championship. He had previously won a gold in the World Cup held in Acapulco post his silver in New Delhi, earlier in 2017.

Mittal led from the front from the word go, as he never gave away his lead in the final round. It was only in the final four shots when Russia's Vitaly Fokeev took over, eventually winning the event with 68 points. He had scored 145 points to finish first in the qualifiers.

Rizvi, competing in his maiden World Championship final, showed promise as he went neck-to-neck with Great Britain's James Dedman till the final shot. Dedman eventually won with 67 points, just a point more than Rizvi. Shardul Vihan, the other Indian in the fray, finished sixth with 19 points.

In the qualification round of the double trap event, every participant has to shoot 150 targets, divided in five rounds of 30 targets each. Every round involves up to six athletes, who shoot from stations number 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 rotating from left to right and shooting 5 times from each station.

The top-six athletes then advance to the semifinal, where they shoot 30 targets each, with the first elimination happening after every shooter completes three rounds. Post that, one shooter gets eliminated post every round till there are just two athletes to go. They then have a shoot-off of 10 targets, after which the winner is decided.