Gurpreet Singh was the best performing Indian on Day 4 of the ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup in Fort Benning, USA as he finished 21st in Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event. The qualifications of Women’s 10m Air Pistol was also held on Saturday in which Shweta Singh was the best placed Indian at 22nd.
Gurpreet Singh was 18th after first stage of qualification
2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Gurpreet Singh had a sub-total of 288 to finish 18th in the first stage of qualification. In the second stage, his sub-total was 289 which led to his overall score being 577.
The other Indians in this category – London Olympics silver medallist Vijay Kumar and Akshay Suhas Ashtaputre finished 39th and 43rd respectively. While Vijay had a score of 565 (284 + 281), Akshay shot 561 (281 + 280).
Shweta Singh placed 22nd in Women’s 10m Air Pistol
In the Women’s 10m Air Pistol event too, none of the Indians managed to secure a place in the final. 2014 Asian Games bronze medallist Shweta Singh was the best of the trio and she finished with a total score of 381 (93, 96, 95 and 97) to take the 22nd position out of 89 shooters.
Her compatriots were right behind her with Annu Raj Singh and former World No. 1 Heena Sidhu taking the 23rd and 24th positions respectively. Both Annu Raj and Heena registered the same score as Shweta but Shweta was placed higher by virtue of hitting more number of bulls eye.
Lajja Gauswami 6th in 50m Rifle 3 Positions Elimination
Veteran Lajja Gauswami shot brilliantly to be placed 6th in Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions Elimination Relay. Her total score was 583. National Games gold medallist Elizabeth Susan Koshy was placed 25th with a score of 576 in the same elimination relay.
Meanwhile, Anjum Moudgil secured the eighth place in her respective elimination relay with a score of 581.
In the MQS section of this event, ace shooter Anjali Bhagwat was fifth with a score of 569.
The qualifications and the final of this event will be held on Sunday night.
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