New Delhi, 21 March 2021 - Qatar’s Olympic medalist shooter, and also a champion rally driver, Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah topped the skeet qualification (with two others after day one) at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup which is underway in India at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi.
Bronze medalist at the 2012 London Olympics, Attiyah shot an impressive 24 in the first round and returned a perfect 25 in the next two for a total of 74. Tied with Attiyah are UAE’s Saif bin Futais and India’s Gurjoat Khangura.
Sunday will see two more rounds with the top six qualifying for the final, which will be held later in the day. The ISSF World Cup is not a qualifying tournament for Tokyo 2020 Olympics. However, a good show in Delhi will help Attiyah improve his rankings which could see him seal a Tokyo berth.
Also doing well are Qatar’s two other shooters -- Rashid Hamad and Ahmed Ali Al Ishaq. They shot 73 each to be tied with four others, just one shot behind the leaders.
Qatar also led the team competition in skeet after day one with a combined score of 220, followed by hosts India on 218 while Kazakhstan are third with 216.
Among the women, in 10m air rifle, Aisha Al Suwaidi finished 33rd out of 48 shooters with a score of 620.5. Abdulnasser Osama Al Shaiba finished 23rd out of 26 competitors in 10m air pistol
There was big joy for hosts India as Yashaswini Deswal led the way winning the women’s 10 metres air pistol. Deswal shot 238.8 to comfortably finish on top of the podium in the eight-women final while her compatriot Manu Bhaker managed 236.7 to settle for the silver medal.
Viktoria Chaika of Belarus bagged the bronze medal with 215.9.
Earlier, the 23-year-old Deswal also topped the qualifications with qualifications with 579.
The men’s 10 metres air pistol event was won by Iran’s Javad Foroughi, who edged out Asian Games champion Saurabh Chaudhary of India by 0.4 points. India’s Abhishek Verma was third.
American Lucas Kozeniesky won the men’s 10m air rifle with a score of 249.8 – a mere 0.1 better than Hungary’s Istvan Peni. India’s 18year-old Divyansh Panwar, ranked number one in the world, was third.
There was also American joy in the women’s 10m air rifle, with Mary Tucker coming first - scoring 251.5 - and Alison Weisz second. Eszter Denes of Hungary, the top qualifier, completed the podium.
The ISSF World Cup continues on Sunday with individual skeet finals a highlight on the running order.