Bhowneesh narrowly missed a world championship medal, being the first to bow with 13 of the first 15 hits in the 35-shot medal match.
India’s #BhowneeshMendiratta secures India’s first @Paris2024 quota spot in #Shooting by qualifying for the final… https://t.co/ZBoiaX1HJw
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There are four quota slots for both men’s and women’s trap events of the day.
However, the 23-year-old world No. 144 (before the final) from Faridabad secured a place in the Paris Olympics for the country after he topped the match in the second-place round with 24 in total. 25 excellent shots.
It was a brilliant effort by the young Indian, whose only senior medal at the previous world stage was the Team silver medal at the Changwon World Cup earlier this year.
Earlier in the day, he finished his final qualifying round with a perfect 25/25 to finish with a score of 121. He eventually made it through to the fourth qualifying round after finishing second in the penalty shootout. save four dimensions to decide the final position of the qualifiers.
Eight ADCs qualified for two ranking rounds in the 154 strong field. For seventh and eighth places, there was an 11-way shootout.
Bhowneesh lined up with Derrick Mein of America, world number three, Briton Aaron Heading and Qatar RH Al-Althba in the second place round match. Derrick Mein finished second, while Al-Athba and Heading finished sixth and eighth respectively in qualifying.
Heading was the first to rush out, hitting 11 of the first 15. American Mein leads with 15 shots while Bhowneesh is second with 14 on target. Qatar’s Al-Athba had 12 hit his name in that period.
With the quota position on the rope, the Indian shot out of his skin and hit 10 targets later to top the round and seal the quota.
Mein missed his last three goals to reach the penalty shootout against Al-Athba, which he won in the first penalty shootout to get through.
They were reached the final by Nathan Hales of England and Kun Pi-Yang of Chinese Taipei, who topped the qualifying round with a score of 123. Hales won the first ranking round while Yang came in at No. two.
The Indian also started excellently in the final but missed a key bird in the final five-shot to fail to win a medal. American Mein won gold with 33 shots, while Hales took silver with 31. Yang bowed at the 25-shot stage with 23 hits. All three medal winners also selected three other quota slots for their countries.
Among the other Indians, the experienced Prithviraj Tondaiman almost took at least one penalty shootout to make it to the ratings round, shooting 119 to finish 22nd overall. The last two points to qualify for the ranking round were 120. Vivaan Kapoor fell far behind in 119th place with 107 points.
India did not make much progress in the Women’s Trap with Neeru on 29th with a score of 111, Shreyasi Singh at 35 with 110 and Manisha Keer 61st overall with 102 hits to her arrow, after five rounds of 25 rounds in the qualifying round.
Carole Cormenier of France won a gold medal in the event. France, Spain, Slovakia and Australia received quotas for the Paris Olympics.
India is currently 4th in the medal standings with a gold medal in their name.