After securing 15 Olympic quotas Indian rifle and pistol shooters land in Putian, China, on Sunday to finish this year on a high. However, Indian shooter failed to make to final of any single event on Day 1 and Day 2.
On day 1, in women’s 50m rifle 3 position qualification round Anjum Moudgil finished 13th with score 1147, with top 8 shooters made to the finals led by Ziva Dvorsak of Slovakia with score of 1172. In final, Seonaid Mcintosh good run continues and won the gold medal, silver went to Pei Ruijiao of china and Nina Christina of Switzerland won the bronze medal.
In men’s 3P event both Indians, Sanjeev Rajput (1153) and Akhil Sheoran (1147) failed to qualify for the final after they finished 9th and 13th respectively in qualification which was topped by Peni Istevan (1171) of Hungary. In final the 20-year-old Czech Republican, Filip Nepejchal won the gold medal with junior world record. Milenko Sebic of Serbia won the silver medal and Russian Sergey Kamensky won the Bronze medal
On day 2, in women’s 25 m pistol, 17 years old young sensation Manu Bhaker unluckily misses out on final on basic of inner ten, after she finishes on an identical score of 583 with two other shooters. However, Rahi Sarnobat (569) hasn’t had a good start and she finished at the bottom in qualification which was topped by Lin Yuimei of China. In final Jan Jingjing of China won the Gold medal, Silver went to Kim Minjung of South Korea and Monika Karsch of Germany won the bronze medal.
In men’s 25-meter rapid fire pistol, Anish finished 10th with score 578. He had a great 1st stage (292/300) but struggled in the second stage (286/300). In final Olympic champion, Christian Reitz (final score 31) won silver medal after finishing behind the gold medal winner Clement Bessaguet of France (final score 32). Another French shooter, Jean Quiquampoix won the bronze medal.
In medal tally, China is leading with 1 gold and 1 silver medal. India, who finished on top in all four world cup in 2019, has yet to open the account. With 10m air rifle and pistol lined up on day 3, we expect good show from Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma, and Manu Bhaker in pistol and top world-ranked Apurvi Chandela, 2nd ranked Anjum Moudgil, 3rd rank Elavenil valarivan and Mehuli Ghosh in rifle.
Article by – Bharat Singh (IIT Roorkee)
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