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ISSF World Cup: Shooter Meraj Ahmed Khan created history by winning the gold medal in the World Cup.

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  • Meraj Ahmed Khan won gold in skeet
  • Meraj Ahmed Khan is a resident of Bulandshahr

Indian shooters continue their stellar performance in the ongoing ISSF World Cup in Changwon, South Korea. Veteran shooter Meraj Ahmed Khan on Monday won a gold medal for the country in the men’s skeet event at the ISSF World Cup. In the 40-shot final, 46-year-old Meraj scored 37 to beat Korea’s Minsu Kim (36) and Britain’s Ben Llewellyn (26).

Meraj Ahmed Khan is the first Indian male shooter to win gold in the skeet event of the World Cup. Meraj, a two-time Olympian and this time in Changwon, the oldest member of the Indian contingent, won a silver medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro World Cup.

Earlier, Anjum Modgil, Aashi Choksi and Sift Kaur Samra won bronze medals in the women’s 50m rifle three positions team event. In the bronze medal match, she defeated Austria’s Shailene Wiebel, Ann Ungerrank and Rebecca Koeck 16-6. India still topped the medal tally with five gold, five silver and three bronze.

Meraj is a resident of Bulandshahr

Meraj, who hails from Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh, has also tried his hand in cricket before coming to shooting. Meraj studied till 5th from KP Montessori School in Khurja. Then after doing 8th from a convent school located in Bulandshahr, he did 10 plus two (UP Board) from Khurja itself, after which he went to Jamia. Meraj’s father used to do hotel business in Delhi Pragati Maidan.

Meraj was fond of cricket

Meraj was fond of cricket since childhood and joined Jamia’s cricket team. But his uncle, seeing Meraj’s eye contact and elbow angle, inspired him to come to the shooting and from here Meraj went on shooting. Meraj’s passion turned into shooting and winning a medal became his target.

Participated in Rio and Tokyo Olympics

In the last two decades, Meraj has won medals in many international events from World Cup shooting. In September 2015, he became the first Indian to qualify for the Rio Olympics by qualifying in skeet shooting, missing out on the final by just one point. He secured his place in the Tokyo Olympics by defeating Angad Bajwa 1-2 at the Asian Championships held in Doha in November 2019.

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