Eleonor Bezzina enjoyed a positive start in the women’s 25 metres Pistol event at the Tokyo 2020 Games when she placed 17th after the first round of qualification on Thursday.
The competition is split over two days with the 44 participating shooters involved in the Precision qualifiers on Thursday and then compete in the Rapid qualifiers on Friday.
In the first part of the competition, Precision qualifiers, Bezzina was in excellent form on Thursday when she compiled scores of 96, 96 and 97 in her three blocks to finish with a compiled score of 289.
With the top eight shooters progressing to the final,
That result left Bezzina in a highly-creditable 17th place after the opening day.
Serbia’s Zorana Arunovic is leading the way with 296 points with six shooters, namely Georgia’s Nino Salukvadze, Victoria Chaika (Belarus), Minjung Kim (South Korea) Chia Chen (Taipei), Jiaruxian Xiao (China), and Andrea Perez Pena, of Ecuador, sharing seventh spot on 291 points and fighting for a place in the final.
The competition will resume on Friday when Bezzina and her fellow opponents will be in action in the Precision round of qualifiers.
For Bezzina this is her second competition at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
On Sunday, she took part in the 10m Air Pistol event where she finished a creditable 26th overall.