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Manu Bhaker, Rahi Sarnobat fail to make it to 25m pistol finals

Sports Lounge Staff



Manu Bhaker

Tokyo: India’s Manu Bhaker and experienced Rahi Sarnobat bowed out of the Tokyo Olympic Games 25m pistol final on Friday after finishing 15th and 32nd respectively following two days of qualification at the Asaka Shooting Range here.

This was the Indian pistol shooters’ final event at Tokyo 2020. India’s gold drought in shooting, which started at the 2016 Rio Olympics, has continued in Tokyo so far and only a few events are left for the country’s shooters to salvage their pride.

Only the top-eight from the qualifying round make it to the eight-shooter finals.

Before taking aim at the Akasa Shooting Range on Friday, Manu was placed fifth in the overall standings with a score of 292/300 in Thursday’s precision round. Rahi, on the other hand, started from her overnight position of 25th with 287 points.

Manu fired 96, 97, and 97 in her three rapid-fire series and accumulated 290/300. With a total score of 582/600, she missed the final qualification mark by just two points.

Rahi, on the other hand, scored 286 in the rapid-fire round to finish with a cumulative score of 573 in the qualifying round.

Bulgaria’s Antoaneta Kostadinova, the silver medallist in women’s 10m air pistol, topped the qualifying with 590 points, followed by China’s Xiao Jiaruixuan and ROC’s Vitalina Batsarashkina, who won the 10m air pistol gold medal.

South Korea’s Minjung Kim was the eighth shooter to make the final cut.

Manu and Rahi’s exit has ended the Indian pistol shooters’ campaign at the Olympics. Any medal hopes for India in shooting now rests on the men’s and women’s 50m rifle 3 positions shooters.

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