India's Ganemat Sekhon settles for bronze in women's skeet

Ganemat Sekhon, ranked 82 in the world, shot 40 to clinch the bronze medal on the shotgun range of the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi.

Occupying the second position for a long time, Ganemat Sekhon missed three birds successively to bow out, leaving Amber Hill and Zoya Kravchenko to fight for the gold medal (File Photo).   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

It was a bronze, but a significant one for Indian women, as Ganemat Sekhon won the skeet medal in the shooting World Cup at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, on Sunday.

It was the first ever World Cup medal for Indian women’s skeet. Ganemat, who had placed second in qualification with 117, behind the eventual gold medallist Amber Hill of Britain, overcame a nervous start to deal with the final with confidence.

‘’I am very excited and happy. I was hoping to enter the final and thrilled to come up with a medal’’, said Ganemat.

National coach Mansher Singh said that it was a good sign that both Ganemat and Karttiki Singh Shaktawat did exceptionally well, both in qualification and the final.

There were many other medals for India that saw the team climb to the top of the table with three gold, three silver and two bronze. US was in the second place with three gold and two silver, followed by
Denmark with two gold and Iran with one gold.

Both the air pistol teams won the gold for India with authority. The Indian men, Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma and Shahzar Rizvi took time to settle down as Vietnam enjoyed the lead in the final, but were dominant thereafter to win 17-11.

The women’s air pistol team of Yashaswini Deswal, Manu Bhaker and Shri Nivetha beat Poland 16-8.

In air rifle, however, the Indian men won the bronze, and the women were beaten by Poland for the bronze.

The results:

Men:

Team air pistol: 1. India (Saurabh Chaudhary, Shahzar Rizvi, Abhishek Verma)  17 (579) 1750; 2. Vietnam 11(565) 1798.

Team air rifle: 1. US 16 (625.1) 1880.8; 2. India (Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar, Deepak Kumar, Pankaj Kumar) 14 (623.4) 1885.9; 3. Korea 17 (621.2) 1880.3; 4. Iran 15 (620.1) 1869.7.

Skeet: 1. Jesper Hansen (Den) 58 (121); 2. Saif Bin Futais (UAE) 51 (122); 3. Nasser Al-Atiya (Qat) 44 (123); 6. Gurjoat Khangura 17 (121(9); 7. Mairaj Ahmad Khan 121(7); 19. Angad Vir Singh Bajwa 117.
MQS: Amrinder Singh Sekhon 117; Kram Sukhbir Singh 115.

Women:

Team air pistol: 1. India (Yashaswini Deswal, Shri Nivetha Paramanantham, Manu Bhaker) 16 (576) 1731; 2. Poland 8 (567) 1701.

Team air rifle: 1. Denmark 16 (625.9) 1880.7; 2. US 8 (627.3) 1883.5; 3. Poland 17 (624.1) 1884.3; 4. India (Shriyanka Sadangi, Nisha Kanwar, Apurvi Chandela) 7 (623.7) 1878.6.

Skeet: 1. Amber Hill 51(4) 124; 2. Zoya Kravchenko (Kaz) 51(3) 114; 3. Ganemat Sekhon 40 (117)4; 4. Karttiki Singh Shaktawat 32 (116); 9. Parinaaz Dhaliwal 108. MQS: Darshna Rathore 117; Zohra Deesawala 106