Sodhi shoots double trap bronze at World Cup

first_imgIndia’s premier double trap shooter, Ronjan Sodhi shone once again on the world stage on Tuesday when he won the bronze medal at the final ISSF Shotgun World Cup stage of the year in Maribor, Slovenia.Sodhi, who had clinched a London Olympics quota spot for India with a silver medal at the World Cup stage in Beijing earlier this year, was ineligible for another quota spot, but that did not diminish his hunger for success.In relatively easy conditions for the shooters, Sodhi qualified for the final with 145 hits out of 150, behind Peter Robert Russell Wilson of Britain and China’s Hu Binyuan (both 146).But it was in the final that Sodhi really came into his own, shooting 49 out of the 50 clay birds. Yet, that was only good enough for a joint second place with Binyuan, since Wilson also shot 49 to assure himself of the gold medal. In the shoot-off for second place, Sodhi missed one of his two targets while Binyuan shot down both.Sodhi said he didn’t find it difficult to motivate himself.”It is a big challenge to motivate oneself and not lose focus, but I love competing and I can’t just sit around and do nothing, even after I have achieved something,” he told Mail Today over phone.”I took the quota and the silver medal in Beijing but I was disappointed with the way I had shot in that final, because that’s a part of my game that I pride myself on. I felt I had to make amends for missing the gold back then, and I achieved my objective to a large extent.advertisement”We have the World Championship coming up in September, and obviously the Olympics are on the horizon, so I don’t want to rest on my laurels. I want to be at my best.” India’s Mohammad Asab also came up with a commendable effort, scoring 143 to finish ninth, missing out on a possible spot in the six-man final by just one point,” he added.This was Asab’s first score above 140 in a competitive environment.The other Indian in the fray, Vikram Bhatnagar, finished a distant 46th with 129 points.last_img

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