Indian shooters miss target


India’s wait for a medal at the ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, just got longer as Heena Sidhu finished 24th in women’s 10m air pistol qualification on Sunday. Heena, who was the only Indian in fray, got off to an average start as she scored 95 in the first series.
In the consecutive series, she shot 94, 94, 96 to total 379. The score was way below the qualification mark for the final. The eighth finalist, Ying Chia Wu of Chinese Taipei, shot 383 to qualify for the final.
In men’s trap event, Manavjit Singh Sandhu couldn’t capitalize on the good start. With a score of 72 from three series (25, 23, 24), Manavjit looked poised to enter the final. But the veteran threw away the advantage by shooting poor 21 and 22 in the fourth and fifth series of qualification round to total 115.
He was placed 23rd, while Zoravar Singh Sandhu was the best Indian with a 19th place finish. Zoravar too scored 115, but he was ranked better on countback. Young Kynan Chenai finished 40th with a score of 111.
On Saturday, Jitu Rai missed the men’s 10m air pistol event final by a whisker. Jitu shot a competitive 580 in the qualifications, but it was a three-way tie for the seventh and eighth places as American Brown Hill and Slovakian Tuzinsky Juraj too shot 580.
They were separated by the maximum numbers of inner tens. While the seventh place went to Hill with 19 inner tens, the eighth place was grabbed by Juraj with 16x. Jitu was two inner tens short of Juraj.
Ace rifle shooters Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang and Chain Singh will look to open India’s medal count as they line up for 10m air rifle event on Monday.

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