Ganemat Sekhon and Darshna Rathore became the first Indian shooters to clinch two medals at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in the same category.
Ganemat Sekhon won silver while Darshna Rathore claimed bronze in women’s skeet in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Tuesday. It was Ganemat’s second individual World Cup medal, following her bronze in Delhi, and a first-ever for Darshna who appeared in her maiden senior final.
The 22-year-old Ganemat was in control of the final, with a five-point lead, but missed five of the last 10 birds against the eventual gold medallist Assem Orynbay of Kazakhstan. Tied on 50, Ganemat was beaten to the gold 2-1 by the Kazakh who had qualified on top with 121.
The 21-year-old Darshna had qualified with the second best score of 120, equalling the national record and ended up witha bronze while Ganemat was placed fourth in the finals after shooting 117.
National champion Maheshwari Chauhan shot 108 and placed 26th in a field of 35.
In men’s skeet, Mairaj Ahmad Khan and Gurjoat Khangura shot 119 each and placed 17th and 19th in a field of 75. Anantjeet Singh Naruka (118) placed 23rd.
It was a tough field, and 122 made the cut for the final. Efthimios Mitas of Greece beat two-time World Champion Georgios Achilleos of Cyprus 2-1 in the shoot-off for the gold, after both tied on 56 in the final.
With a silver and bronze, India was third in the medals table behind Greece and Kazakhstan.