After news of Abhinav Bindra’s qualification for the Rio Olympics, there is more to cheer about at the ISSF World cup. Indian shooter Gurpreet Singh became the fifth shooter from the country to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics. A brilliant performance in the 10m air pistol event at the ISSF World Cup earned him a fourth-place finish as well as a place in the Indian contingent for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Gurpreet Singh scored 154.8 in the final of the event, 22.5 points short of China’s Sun Yang, who won the bronze medal at the World cup in Munich on Sunday.
Portugal’s Joao Costa (201.4) won the gold medal and Tomoyuki Matsuda of Japan closely followed him at the 2nd place with 200.4 points. Surprisingly, Jitu Rai could not qualify for the final of the same event as he bowed out in the earlier rounds.
Extremely happy with Gurpreet Singh’s achievement: NRAI President
Raninder Singh, the president of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) congratulated Gurpreet Singh on his phenomenal achievement. Here is what he had to say:
“Gurpreet has been working very hard off late and I am extremely happy that his hard work has resulted in India earning its fifth quota place for the Rio Olympics 2016. His back-to-back performance in two days only showcases his mental strength and the fact that he has the mettle to be amongst the best shooters in the country. I am also glad that alongside the veterans,India has a very strong bench as we get close to the Rio Olympics next year.”
By profession, Gurpreet Singh is a Subedar in the Army and is currently training at the Army Marksmanship Unit in Mhow. Here is a look at the current list of shooters who have qualified for the Rio Olympics in 2016:
1. Abhinav Bindra (Men’s 10 m Air Rifle)
2. Apurvi Chandela (Women’s 10 m Air Rifle)
3. Gagan Narang (Men’s 50 m Rifle Prone)
4. Gurpreet Singh (Men’s 10 m Air Pistol)
5. Jitu Rai (Men’s 50 m Free Pistol)
Each country is allowed to win a maximum of 30 quota places from a total of 15 different shooting disciplines; two places for each disciplines.