Mairaj Ahmad Khan is the National Skeet Champion
New Delhi, Nov 23, 2016: Mairaj Ahmad Khan, India’s first ever World Cup Medalist in Skeet, clinched the 2016 Men’s National Champion title, when representing his home state of Uttar Pradesh he got the better of Haryana’s Amrinder Singh Cheema 15-13 in the Final of the event at the 60th National Shooting Championship Competitions (NSCC) being held at Jaipur.
In an intense six-man semifinal round, Mairaj had to qualify for the Gold medal match after overcoming a shoot-off with Haryana’s Man Singh and Uttar Pradesh’s Md. Sheeraz Sheikh, all three of whom were tied on 14 at the end of the round. Amrinder had proceeded straight to the Gold medal match with a top score of 15 at the end of the semifinals. Man Singh beat Sheeraz 15-12 in the Bronze medal match to settle for the Bronze medal. Earlier, Mairaj had topped the qualifying rounds with a score of 120 while Amrinder had qualified fifth with a score of 117.
It was an identical route to Gold in the Junior Men’s Skeet as well for Haryana’s Arjun Singh Mann. At the end of the semifinal round, Arjun representing Haryana, was tied with Telengana’s Ayush Rudraraju and Punjab’s Sukhbir Singh Harika on a score of 13. Meanwhile Rajasthan’s Anantjeet Singh Naruka had made it through to the Gold medal match with a score of 15. Arjun then went on to beat Anantjeet 15-12 in the finals to win the title.
The Team Golds in the event was bagged by Haryana in the Seniors and Punjab in the Juniors section.