Ankur Mittal has clinched the gold medal at the ongoing ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Acapulco. Ankur shot a score of 75 in the final to equal the world record created by Australia’s James Willet in the New Delhi’s edition of the competition last month.The record is fresh since International Shooting Sport Federation(ISSF) has implemented new rules from January 1 this year.
Australia’s James Willet scored 73 in the 80 shot final and won the silver medal while the bronze went to China’s Ying Qi , who shot 52.
Ankur, who was born in Sonipat in Haryana lives in Delhi. It was a very special day for him because it was his 25th Birthday and got gold medal as his Birthday gift.This is the second World Cup medal for Ankur. His first came in February when he shot 74 in final in New Delhi to come second behind Willet.
The Indian qualified second for the final on wednesday after bettering Chinese Ying in the classifications shootoff. Both Ankur and Ying had scored 138/150 in the qualifications round.Top six shooters make it to the final, where the qualification scores are not carried forward and the final starts from zero. In the final, Ankur could have broken the world record had he not missed a bird in last 10 shots. Nonetheless, it was sufficient for him to top the podium.