Finland Shotgun World Cup: Rajeshwari records best score in third round

Rajeshwari Kumari missed four birds in a row but turned it around to shoot 114 in the third round of the Shotgun World Cup in Lahti, Finland.

Rajeshwari Kumari's (right) total was two points better than that of Daria Semianova of Russia and Lateisha Scnalan of Australia, who topped the regular event with 112.   -  Kamesh Srinivasan

Rajeshwari Kumari recovered from a bad third round to put up the best score of 114, among all the women trap shooters in the Shotgun World Cup in Lahti, Finland, on Friday.

Even though she was shooting in the MQS section, Rajeshwari was better than everyone, including those who have won the Olympic quota place for Tokyo 2020. She had a series of 23, 24, 20, 24 and 23.

After missing four in a row, including five of the first eight birds in the third round, Rajeshwari regrouped her focus, and missed only three of the next 67, including the last bird.

"I was thinking too much not to miss it," conceded Rajeshwari about losing the last bird. Her total was two points better than that of Daria Semianova of Russia and Lateisha Scnalan of Australia, who topped the regular event with 112.

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This effort should not only consolidate Rajeshwari’s chances of getting back into the national side, but also strengthen her resolve to win the Olympic quota in the Asian Championship in Doha in November.

Former national champion Shreyasi Singh had a tough time, and could muster a total of 94.

In the main team, Olympian Shagun Chowdhary shot 100 following rounds of 22, 22, 18, 18 and 20, and placed 38th. Manisha Keer (94) and Seema Tomar (93) placed 52nd and 59th respectively.

In men’s trap, Prithviraj Tondaiman was on 69 after rounds of 22, 25 and 22. He was with the second best score of 47 overnight. Kynan Chenai was on 67, following rounds of 24, 21 and 22. There was no third member, as Manavjit Sandhu had withdrawn from the 157 strong field, after the first round with a broken stock.