Indian shooters struggling in the World Cup
Continuing their poor show at the ongoing shooting World Cup, India’s best Rio Olympics hopes of Jitu Rai, Gurpreet Singh, Prakash Nanjappa failed to impress in 10 metres Air Pistol, while the women — Anjum Moudgil and Lajja Gauswami — missed out on making the final round of Rifle 3 Positions .
Jitu, who finished eighth in his qualification relay, eventually ended in 22nd place with a score of 579 while Gurpreet shot 578 to finish in 32nd spot at Munich’s Olympic Shooting Centre.
Omkar Singh, another Indian in the fray, shot 574 to finish 52nd. Prakash, who shot in the minimum qualification score (MQS) section, shot a score of 576.
Oleh Omelchuk of Ukraine won the gold in the event while the silver and bronze went to Ismail Keles of Turkey and Xuan Vinh Hoang of Vietnam.
On the other hand, Anjum and Lajja shot identical scores of 582 in their qualification round to eventually finish on 15th and 17th spots respectively.
It was a closely fought qualification round where four out of the eight women who made it to the finals had scores of 583, just one point ahead of the Indian pair.
Snjezana Pejcic of Croatia won the gold while Anzela Voronova of Estonia and Petra Zublasing of Italy settled for the silver and bronze medals respectively.
On Wednesday, there are two medal events in the women’s 10m Air Pistol and the Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions finals.