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Shooter Mairaj books Olympics quota

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  18 Sep 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Loto, Sep 17: Veteran skeet shooter Mairaj Ahmad Khan celebrated the biggest day of his 12-year career when he clinched a Rio Olympics quota place for India at the ongoing ISSF Shotgun World Championship here on Thursday. Mairaj started the second day of the men's skeet competition in ninth position with a score of 74 after the first three rounds of qualification. After two more qualifications on Thursday, he entered the fil in sixth position with a total score of 122 out of a maximum possible 125. Given that all the first five shooters in qualification had already booked their Rio berths, Mairaj secured one of the two available quota places. The other seat went to Germany's Ralf Buchheim who ended his qualification round in eighth position with an identical score of 122. This is India's first quota place for the 2016 Olympics in the shotgun disciplines. IANS

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