Rio dream over for Jitu Rai, Prakash Nanjappa

The 28-year-old Jitu, who shot the worst in the sixth series with a score of 88, ended 12th with a total of 554. He missed the final by two points.

Jitu Rai's Rio 2016 campaign ends with his exit from men's 50m air pistol qualification round.   -  PTI

India's best hope for an Olympic medal in shooting, Jitu Rai misfired towards the end. A ‘7’ on the 59th shot threw him out of the race for the men’s 50-metre air pistol final at the Deodoro Olympic Shooting Range on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old Jitu, who shot the worst in the sixth series with a score of 88, ended 12th with a total of 554. He missed the final by two points. Everything looked to be very much in control despite Jitu shooting a six in the fourth series. But with time running out — he had 10 minutes for the last 10 shots and about two minutes for the last two — Jitu failed to up his game.

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The Indian shooter was firmly in the top-10 after the first five rounds where he mustered 92, 95, 90, 94 and 95. He did struggle with a string of 8s and 9s before the ‘7’ dealt the knock-out punch. He did manage a 10 in the finals series, but it came too late.

Jin Jongoh of Korea topped the list with 567 and the final field has three Koreans and two Chinese.

Prakash Nanjappa, the other Indian, grappled with a poor start and finished 25th with a total of 547.

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