South Korean Nam Tae-yun and Eszter Denes of Hungary were the top qualifiers as 10-metre air rifle competition opened the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in New Delhi.
However, one shooter at the event has tested positive for COVID-19 and been taken to hospital as a precaution, per the Press Trust of India.
Twenty-two-year-old Nam posted a score of 632.1 after six rounds at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range to narrowly lead the men's event, 0.3 points ahead of Israeli Sergey Rikhter.
Two Indian shooters - Arjun Babuta and Divyansh Panwar, who is ranked number one in the world despite still be just 18 - were among the eight athletes to qualify for the men's final.
Just 4.5 points separated the top eight.
In the women's contest, Denes shot 105.0 or more in three of six rounds to finish with a total of 629.8 - 0.2 ahead of home shooter Anjum Moudgil.
Moudgil is the only India shooter to qualify for the women's final, however, as world number one Elavenil Valarivan could only come 12th.
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Two Polish shooters finished in the top eight - Aneta Stankiewicz and Aleksandra Szutko - and their respective scores of 628.8 and 628.5 helped Poland top the women's team standings.
The United States were second and Denmark third.
India led the men's team event, with the US second and South Korea third.
Induvial 10m air rifle finals are scheduled tomorrow as the World Cup continues, with team finals the following day.