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NZ shooter Rooney struggles in New Delhi

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/02/2017

Decorated New Zealand shooter Natalie Rooney has struggled at her first major competition of 2017 in New Delhi.

Rio Olympic gold medallist Rooney was 21st in a field of 29 trap shooters at the first ISSF World Cup.

The event was her first significant event since being crowned overall World Cup champion following a dramatic finale in Rome last October.

Two months earlier, the 28-year-old became New Zealand's first Olympic shooting medallist in 48 years.

The Italian-based Rooney's radar wasn't attuned in India, scoring 61 points out of a possible 75 in qualifying to miss a place in the top-six final by five shots.

Australian 21-year-old Penny Smith went on to win a maiden World Cup title, heading off London Olympic champion Jessica Rossi of Italy.

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