Kynan Chenai leads with 74 at shooting World Cup

In the women’s trap, Seema Tomar and Olympian Shagun Chowdhary shot identical scores of 65 to end up 21st and 22nd respectively in a field of 41 shooters.

The 25-year-old Kynan, preparing in right earnest for the Rio Olympics, had rounds of 25, 24 and 25 as he led jointly with two others, Maksim Smykkov of Russia and Fernando Borello of Argentina.   -  Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Kynan Chenai shot 74 and led a pack of 75 shooters at the halfway stage in men’s trap on the opening day of the shooting World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Wednesday. The 25-year-old Kynan, preparing in right earnest for the Rio Olympics, had rounds of 25, 24 and 25 as he led jointly with two others, Maksim Smykkov of Russia and Fernando Borello of Argentina.

Zoravar Singh (71) and Prithviraj Tondaiman (70) were in the 15th and 22nd spots, with two more rounds to be shot on the morrow before the knock-out phase.

In the women’s trap, Seema Tomar and Olympian Shagun Chowdhary shot identical scores of 65 to end up 21st and 22nd respectively in a field of 41 shooters. World Cup silver medallist in 2010, Seema, who had placed fifth in the last World Cup in San Marino following a qualification score of 72, shot a series of 23, 21 and 21 while Shagun had a series of 22, 23 and 20. Both were five points away from making the cut for the knock-out phase.

Rajeshwari Kumari was one point adrift in the 26th place, following a series of 22, 20 and 22.