KARACHI - Pakistan shooter Minhal Sohail on Saturday failed to qualify for the main round of 10 metre Rifle Shooting event during the ongoing Rio Olympics.

Needing to secure a spot in top eight to progress, Minhal secured 28th rank among 51 shooters. However, what may come as a sole respite is the fact that the Pakistan Navy shooter managed more points than her Indian counterparts, who secured 34th and 47th ranks.

Karachi-based 21-year-old Minhal Sohail is the first ever Pakistani woman to qualify for the 10 Metre Air Rifle Category for the Olympics. She started her career in 2012. Since then she has participated in various events worldwide and won many accolades. Minhal, who secured the place in Olympics squad on quota, had won the 10-metre Air Rifle event in the ongoing National Shooting Championship at PNS Karsaz. The two shooters, part of the small Pakistani contingent, participating at the Rio Olympics have the military to thank for much of their training.

Minhal got her start in shooting at a Navy summer camp in her hometown of Karachi and has since participated in numerous Asian championships. “It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to take part in Olympics,” she had said.