Shooter Ganemat Sekhon gives Indian women's skeet a podium facelift

The Chandigarh shooter overcame early nerves in the final to claim a first for India in the ISSF Wold Cup in New Delhi
Ganemat Sakhon.(ISSF/Youtube)
Ganemat Sakhon.(ISSF/Youtube)
Updated on Mar 21, 2021 11:14 PM IST
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By Avishek Roy, New Delhi

Ganemat Sekhon blazed a trail when she became the first Indian woman skeet shooter to win an ISSF World Cup medal here on Sunday. Sekhon bagged bronze with a score of 40 in the final at the Karni Singh range. The 20-year-old had shot a career-best 117 out of 125 in qualifying to make it to the six-woman final.

Amber Hill of Great Britain won gold with a score of 51. She beat Kazakhstan’s Zoya Kravchenko in a shoot-off after both were tied on 51 after 60 shots.

Sekhon was also the first Indian woman skeet shooter to win a medal in the ISSF junior world championships in 2018, a bronze. On Sunday, she proved her progress in the senior ranks.

"After the event today I came to know that it's a historic medal and I was very excited," said Sekhon. "I was working towards this and my aim was to come to the final for the first time in seniors and go for the medal. It is very big for me."

The Chandigarh shooter said she was initially nervous in the final.

"It was the first time in the senior final and there were too many emotions, but I feel after the second round I was in focus even after missing some targets. I thought of it is an opportunity that I can't let go."

Shooting in her home range helped regain confidence in the final. "It was an advantage for me."

In the men’s skeet final, Gurjoat Khangura finished sixth with a score of 17. Khangura qualified in sixth place for the final, ahead of Mairaj Ahmed Khan and Angad Bajwa, who have earned Tokyo Olympics quota places. Mairaj finished seventh and Bajwa 19th.

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