The young trio of Anish Bhanwala, Adarsh Singh and Anhad Jawanda gave India their first medal-less day as they failed to seal the Olympics berth at the 25m rapid fire event. With the event coming to an end, India’s last hope for increasing medals tally would be the mixed pistol and rifles team.
India’s brilliant run at the ISSF Shooting World Cup came to a halt on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro with India’s dismal display at the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol. Bhanwala couldn’t score more than 286 in the rapid-fire round and ended with a precision score of 291, taking his tally to 577 and finishing in the 18th place.
Singh was even worse as he finished seven spots behind at 25th with a score of 576, while Jawanda shot 292 in rapid and finished in the 30th spot after a total score of 573.
The event already had five of the six finalists assured of Olympic quotas from previous events, leaving just one non-finalists to claim the second quota on offer. And the two quotas went to Pakistan’s Muhammad Khalil Akhtar, who shot 586 to claim the fifth finals spot, and South Korea’s Kim Junhong, who finished seventh with a score of 585.
With Indians winning three gold medals, three silver medals, and one bronze medal, India would be backing the mixed pistol and rifles team, with the mixed team competitions scheduled to be held on Monday. If India could finish the World Cup at the top place, they would top an unprecedented all-four ISSF World Cup stages this year.