39-Year-Old Mairaj Khan Becomes The First Indian To Qualify For Skeet Shooting At Rio Olympics

It was a moment of extreme happiness for 39-year-old Mairaj when he made it to the seventh place out of total eight places who will compete for the Skeet shooting medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016. He achieved a total score of 122 out of 125 and it was a tie with five others who had the same score of 122.

Skeet shooting is considered to be the weakest discipline for Indian shooting. Not a lot of people are interested in this sport. Now, qualifying for Olympics is a great leap in this category which will eventually boost participation in this sport, said Raninder Singh, president, National Rifle Association of India. He further added that he is extremely happy with the hard work, dedication and efforts that Mairaj had put in the game. All his hard work has paid off.

His prime interest was in cricket and he also batted with his college junior Virendra Sehwag. Born in a small town, Khurja in Buladshahr district of UP, Khan learned this game from his father who was a state-level trap shooter. So, a lot of my interest in the game comes from my family, he said in an interview with The Indian Express.

Khan had previously won a gold medal in skeet in 2010 Commonwealth games and 2011 Asian shotgun championship.

News Source – Indian Express

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