Veteran rifle shooter Gagan Narang rediscovered his form to make his first international final in his pet 10m Air Rifle event since winning the London Olympics bronze at the season’s last ISSF World Cup in Gabala, Azerbaijan on Monday. Narang was the best Indian performer of the day, finishing fifth in the competition.
Gagan Narang misses medal by a whisker
A neck injury had jeopardized Narang’s preparations and performances shortly after winning the Olympic medal. To see him showing glimpses of his brilliance one year ahead of the Rio Olympics is a hugely welcome scenario. The 32-year-old qualified for the final by grabbing the eighth and the last place with a score of 626.7.
In the final, a 9.9 and a 9.6 in the elimination stage cost Gagan a medal and he had to be content with just the fifth-place finish. His total score in the final was 144.5.
Beijing Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, meanwhile, secured a 14th place with a score of 625.5. The third Indian shooter in this category – Imran Hasan Khan – finished a lowly 63rd with a score of 618.4.
Both Gagan and Abhinav have already bagged quota places for next year’s Olympics.
Disappointing results in Women’s 10m Air Rifle
The Women’s 10m Air Rifle competition was also held on Monday and the Indian performances, unfortunately, did not live up to the expectations. Pooja Ghatkar was the best Indian in this category after she was placed 30th. She registered a score of 413.8.
Apurvi Chandela and Ayonika Paul did not fare any better. While Apurvi was 45th with 412.6, Ayonika stood 57th after logging 411.2 points.
Nanjappa and Omkar shine in 50m Pistol Elimination
The Elimination Relays of the Men’s 50m Pistol event also took place where Prakash Nanjappa was third in his relay with 555 points. Omkar Singh also bagged the third place in his respective relay after scoring 557. Commonwealth Games and Asian Games gold medallist Jitu Rai, meanwhile, took the fifth position in his relay with a total of 558.
Annu Raj: The best Indian in Women’s 25m Pistol Precision Stage
In the Precision Stage of the Women’s 25m Pistol competition, Annu Raj Singh had the best results with a 20th place. Her score was 288.
Anisa Sayyed and Rahi Sarnobat were the other Indian contenders who grabbed the 49th and 57th positions respectively. While Anisa’s score was 285, Rahi could only muster 284.
The rapidfire stage will be held on Tuesday.
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