Chain Singh finished 8th in the 50m Rifle 3 competition at the ongoing ISSF World Cup. The performance did help ensure India’s seventh spot in the Olympic shooting events. Chain Singh scored 1174 out of 1200 in the qualifiers finishing seventh. He fired a score of 395 kneeling, 396 proning and 383 standing out of 400 to make it to the finals and to a creditable Olympic quota. The Olympic spot went to Chain Singh as six of the eight qualifiers had already sealed their Olympic spot.
Chain Singh now joins Jitu Rai, Apurvi Chandela, Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang, Gurpreet Singh and Prakash Nanjappa as the Indians who have helped book a quota place for the Rio 2016 Olympics.
The delighted 26 year old said,
“It is my dream to win a medal for India at the Olympics. Today I am very happy because winning an Olympic quota place is the first step in that direction. There is still a lot of work ahead for me. I want to say a big Thank you to NRAI, the Army and Olympic Gold Quest for giving me tremendous support.“
However, the Asian Games bronze medallist failed to impress in the final round of the World Cup. Firing a score of 403.7, the Indian finished eighth behind the other finalists in the 50m Rifle 3. Perhaps the fact that Chain Singh had come close earlier meant that qualifying for the finals and for an Olympic quota would have drained him and there was little left in the tank for the finals. The event saw China’s Hui Zicheng win the gold (459.8), while the silver went to Austrian Alexander Schmirl (457.9). China’s Zhu Qinan settled for the bronze medal with a score of 446.8.