Saniya misses final cut in World Cup

After shooting rounds of 22 and 20, Saniya Sheikh, who had placed fourth in the Commonwealth Games, shot three rounds of 23, to eventually place 22nd in a strong field of 58 shooters.

After shooting rounds of 22 and 20, Saniya, who had placed fourth in the Commonwealth Games, shot three rounds of 23, to eventually place 22nd in a strong field of 58 shooters.   -  AP

Saniya Sheikh shot 111 and missed the women’s skeet final by seven points in the shooting World Cup in Changwon, Korea, on Saturday.

After shooting rounds of 22 and 20, Saniya, who had placed fourth in the Commonwealth Games, shot three rounds of 23, to eventually place 22nd in a strong field of 58 shooters.

Three-time Olympic champion and former world champion Kimberly Rhode won her 17th World Cup gold and the second of the season with a world record 58 out of 60 in the final.

In the last World Cup in Mexico, Kimberly had shot a qualification world record of 122 out of 125 and 56 out of 60 in the final.

In men’s skeet, Sheeraz Sheikh started well with rounds of 25 and 24, while Smit Singh (48) and Angad Vir Singh Bajwa (47) followed close behind him in a rich field of 81 shooters.

In the mixed trap competition earlier, the Indian pair of Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Shreyasi Singh had placed 10th with 139 and missed the final by two points from among 39 teams.

The results:

Women: Skeet: 1. Kimberly Rhode (US) 58 WR (119)4; 2. Amber Hill (GBR) 55 (119)5; 3. Amber English (US) 44 (118)30; 22. Saniya Sheikh 111; 52. Ganemat Sekhon 102; 54. Maheshwari Chauhan 101.

Mixed team trap: 1. Slovakia 41 (141)2; 2. Australia 38 (141)9; 3. Kuwait 29 (145 WR); 10. India (Shreyasi Singh, Manavjit Singh Sandhu) 139; 21. India-2 (Seema Tomar, Kynan Chenai) 134.