New Delhi: Deepak Kumar of India, had the most unfortunate result possible in the men’s 10m Air Rifle final of the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Rifle/Pistol in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Needing to finish above any one of two competitors to secure a ninth Tokyo 2020 Olympic quota place for his country, he was left ruing a poor start to finish below both and thereby miss out.
Earlier Deepak had bagged the eighth and final qualifying spot with a brilliant finish at the end and a score of 627.9 after 60 qualifying shots.
Five of the eight finalists could not claim quotas and Deepak had to finish above either Australian Dane Sampson or Slovakian Patrik Jany to claim one of the two available Tokyo berths.
He was poorest off the blocks though, beginning with a couple of 9.7 and 9.2s, which eventually cost him the quota as even after shooting nothing below 10.0 in his next 12 shots, was eliminated after the 14thin seventh place.
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Jany eventually won bronze and Sampson finished fourth to secure the quotas even as the gold when to Yu Haonan of China who broke both the senior and junior world records with a stunning 252.8 finish. Petar Gorsa of Croatia added a silver to go with his gold in the Men’s Rifle 3 Positions yesterday.
India otherwise had great results in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle as all three Indians fared admirably in gunning for the only quota place they could claim in the event, given Divyansh Singh Panwar had already won the other in the previous world cup.
Young Yash Vardhan shot 627.7 to miss out on a finals spot by 0.2 finishing ninth, while debutant Kiran Ankush Jadhav shot 627.5 to finish 11thoverall in the 88-strong field.
India still top the medals tally with five more finals to go with a tally of two gold, one silver, and one bronze medal