Changwon Shotgun World Cup: Ganemat Sekhon best placed Indian at 7th

Ganemat shot 72 out of 75 on qualification day one to lie seventh in a 56-strong field. Maheshwar and Rashmmi were lying at 35th and 49th positions respectively.

Ganemat Sekhon shot rounds of 24, 25 and 23 on Day 1 of women's skeet qualification.   -  Special Arrangement

Ganemat Sekhon was in vibrant form as she shot rounds of 24, 25 and 23 to be among the leaders in women’s skeet on the opening day of the Shotgun World Cup in Changwon, Korea, on Thursday.

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With the third best score of 72, Ganemat was in the seventh place in a field of 56 shooters.

Diana Bacosi of Italy led with 74 out of 75, while two others were on 73. Ganemat had tied with three others, including the World and Olympic champion Kimberly Rhode of US, who has been winning the World Cup gold medals regularly.

Reigning national champion Maheshwari Chauhan had rounds of 22, 21 and 23 for a total of 66 that placed her at 35. Former national champion Rashmmi Rahtore struggled to 62, following rounds of 21, 23 and 18.

Two more rounds on Friday will be followed by the final for the top six. With only Kimberly Rhode and Dankar Bartekova of Slovakia having won the Olympic quota among the top 15, apart from the fact that US has won its maximum of two quota in the event, it will be a stiff fight for the Olympic berths.