India's Ankur Mittal carried on his splendid form with the gun as he clinched the silver medal in the men's double trap event at the World Shotgun Championship in Moscow.
Mittal shot a total of 66 points just behind gold medalist Vitaly Fokeev of Russia (68 points) out of a possible 80. China's Binyuan Hu won the bronze with 50 points in the final. Ankur produced a strong performance all through the day, ending top in the qualification round with a score of 145 out of a possible 150.
The Indian shooter got off to a brilliant start, hitting 39 targets out of a possible 40. Fokeev and Britain's Matthew French tried hard to stay in touch with Mittal but the Indian was proving to be too good.
However, Mittal lost some steam in the 5th round, missing three of his targets out of a possible 10, which allowed Fokeev to close in. Going into the final round both the shooters were tied at 53-all. There was nothing to separate between both the shooters in the final round as they were tied at 65 but Mittal then missed the next two targets to hand Fokeev the initiative. Mittal missed six targets in the final round of 10 shots that in the end cost him the gold.