Shooting

Indians struggle as skeet qualifications begin at ISSF World Cup

Areeba Khan, Karttiki Shaktwat Singh, and Saniya Sheikh face a tough time on the first-day qualifiers of the ISSF Shotgun World Cup women’s skeet event.

By Bhaktvatsal Sharma ·

Just like their trap shooting counterparts, Indian skeet shooters had a difficult opening day at the ISSF World Cup Shotgun in Lahti, Finland on Tuesday (20 August).

Areeba Khan was India’s best-placed shooter occupying the 29th spot of the women's event after rounds of 18, 24 and 22 in a 72-shooter strong field.

On what was a difficult day of shooting in Lahti, the Indian had a poor start as she fired a blank at the beginning and then tried to catch up to her competitors throughout the round.

In the second and third, though, she kept her composure to break the flying targets and managed to get herself into a fighting position going into the second day of the qualification.

While Areeba made a less than perfect start, her compatriot Karttiki Shaktwat Singh struggled as rounds of 20, 18 and 20 left her down in 58th position.

Meanwhile, the third Indian in the fray, Saniya Sheikh, never looked to be in the race as her rounds of 19, 22 and 16 has her occupying the 65th position in the qualification chart.

While the Indians had their troubles, the 2018 world champion Caitlin Connor of the USA was in her zone as she topped the charts with rounds of 24, 25 and 24 on the opening day of the event.

Staying close on her heels were Francisca Chadid of Chile and Italy’s Martina Bartolomei who enjoyed rounds of 23, 22 and 25, and 24, 23, and 23 respectively.