The Indian shooting contingent failed to secure a place in the final for a second consecutive day at the ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup held at Fort Benning, USA. Apurvi Chandela, who shone at the season’s first World Cup with a bronze medal and a Rio Olympic quota place, was the best-placed Indian as she managed a 14th place in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle event.
In Men’s 50m Pistol event, star shooter Jitu Rai was the best performer at 20th position.
Apurvi Chandela was the only Indian in top 15 on Day 2
With scores of 103.9, 103.3, 103.4 and 104.5 in the four series, Jaipur girl Apurvi Chandela accumulated a total of 415.1 to take the 15th place out of 106 shooters.
However, the other Indian contenders in the competition finished significantly below Apurvi. 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Ayonika Paul finished at 50th and veteran Anjali Bhagwat ended at 66th. While Ayonika’s total score was 411.9 (104.1, 104.0, 101.9 and 101.9), Bhagwat could only muster 410.6 (104.0, 101.8, 102.6 and 102.2).
Low score in 5th series lets down Jitu Rai
Asian Games and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Jitu Rai began well but it was a poor score in the fifth series that cost him dearly. Jitu ultimately posted a total of 556 that fetched him a 20th place out of 67 shooters. His scores in the six series were 92, 94, 95, 92, 89 and 94.
Meanwhile, Prakash Nanjappa finished 23rd and Om Prakash secured the 34th place. Nanjappa shot 93, 93, 92, 92, 93 and 91 in the six series to total a score of 554 while Om Prakash managed 549 (91, 88, 91, 93, 94 and 92).
Chain Singh had the best score in 50m Rifle Prone Elimination
In Men’s 50m Rifle Prone Elimination, Asian Games bronze medallist Chain Singh came up with the best score. He finished with 625.2 to be placed 3rd in his relay round.
Among the other Indians, Surendra Sinh Rathod finished 12th with 620.7 in his relay round while ace shooter Gagan Narang was placed at 13th with 619.6 in his respective relay.
The qualifications and the final of this event will be held on Friday night.
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