The Indians performed well in the final of the skeet event.
Ganemat Sekhon has secured a bronze medal in the ongoing ISSF World Cup 2021 in New Delhi. Karttiki Shaktawat also represented India in the final of the Skeet shooting event in the women’s category. However, she narrowly missed out on a podium finish by ending up fourth.
The final had six competitors fighting it out for the top three medal positions. The first phase of ten shots saw Shaktawat lead the bunch by a perfect 10 points. She carried the lead into the second phase, while Sekhon trailed with 15 points.
Poland’s Natalia Szamrej was the first athlete to bow out of the running with 14 points. She was followed by Romania’s Roxana-Sofia Miklos, who was eliminated with 22 points after 30 shots.
Karttiki Shaktawat was the next to face elimination as she ended with 32 points, the lowest after 40 shots. She finished in fourth place and missed out on a medal by the skin of her teeth in the ISSF World Cup.
With the top three competitors left, the athletes showed high levels of concentration. India’s hopes of a gold medal were halted here as Ganemat Sakhon finished third with 40 points, securing the bronze in the process. The 19-year-old performed well in her first appearance in the final of the shooting World Cup.
The gold and silver medals went to Great Britain’s Amber Hill and Kazakhstan’s Zoya Kravchenko respectively. Both the athletes finished the event with 51 points each after 60 shots, therefore the contest was decided by a shootout.
In the Men’s Skeet final, Gurjoat Khangura represented India. He was tied third with nine points after the first 10 shots. However, Khangura finished in sixth place with 17 points out of 20 shots, becoming first to be eliminated from the final.
The bronze was secured by Naseer Al-Attiya of Qatar (44 points), while the silver went to Saif Bin Futais of UAE (51). The gold medal was won by Denmark’s Jesper Hansen who was unstoppable throughout. He finished with 58 points in 60 shots.