Shotgun World Cup: Indian women miss out on skeet Olympic quotas in Mexico

Rashmmi Rathore shot 112 in qualification to end in 23rd place and Maheshwari Chauhan shot 109 to finish 33rd.

None of the Indian women were able to secure an Olympic quota place in the women's skeet event at the Shotgun World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico. (Representative Image)   -  Getty Images

Indian women failed to pick up the Olympic quota places on offer in women's skeet at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Shotgun World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico on Sunday.

Rashmmi Rathore shot 112 in qualification, Maheshwari Chauhan shot 109 and Simranpreet Kaur shot 97 to finish 23rd, 33rd and 48th, respectively, as American Kimberly Rhode clinches her sixth ISSF World Cup stage gold in two years.

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In the final, Rhode shot 57 to leave New Zealand’s Chloe Tipple way behind in silver medal position with a score of 48. Donglian Zhang of China won bronze with a score of 42. Chloe and Zhang picked up the two available Tokyo 2020 Olympic quota places on offer in the event. Rhode had already booked hers earlier.

Three-time Olympic champion Rhode has won a total of 54 international medals, including 30 gold in a remarkable career spanning over three decades. She will be appearing for a record seventh Olympics next year.

In the men's event, Sheeraz Sheikh was the best-placed Indian with a score of 48 out of 50.

Sheeraz was placed 22nd in the pecking order on count-back with 14 others in a field of 95, shooting the same score. Four, including world champion Vincent Hancock of the USA, shot a perfect 50 while 12 others missed one bird each.

Two other Indians in the field Mairaj Ahmad Khan and Angad Vir Singh Bajwa shot 44 and 43 to be placed 74th and 86th respectively, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) stated in a press release.