Grand Prix of Liberation: Anmol wins bronze, Gurpreet falters in final

Anmol Jain, with a score of 220.8, won the bronze medal in the 10m air pistol final. His compatriot Gurpreet Singh could manage only a sixth place in 25m rapid fire pistol final.

Gurpreet Singh was near flawless in gathering 396 out of 400 in the 8-second and 6-second series, but dropped nine points in the 4-second series.   -  K. Murali Kumar

Olympian Gurpreet Singh shot a world class score of 587 in men’s rapid fire pistol, but finished sixth in the subsequent final in the 48th Grand Prix of Liberation shooting competition in Plzen, Czech Republic, on Friday.

After having shot three points less than the eventual gold medallist, the reigning Olympic champion Christian Reitz of Germany, Gurpreet misfired in the second, third and fourth series of the final after starting with a 4 out of 5.

He was near flawless in gathering 396 out of 400 in the 8-second and 6-second series, but dropped nine points in the 4-second series.

Considering that some of the best shooters like Jitu Rai (air pistol), Swapnil Kusale, Chain Singh and Sanjeev Rajput (rifle prone event), did not make the finals, it was a good fare by Gurpreet.

Gagan Narang topped the qualification in 50-metre rifle prone event with 628.4, but missed a medal by 0.2 point to Neil Stirton of scotland. Sushil Ghalay was fifth.

Anmol Jain won the air pistol bronze, behind Damir Mikec of Serbia and Samuil Donkov of Bulgaria, while Olympian Prakash Nanjappa placed seventh, missing further progress by 0.3 point.

In standard pistol, a non-Olympic event with no final, Neeraj Kumar, Harpreet Singh and Deepak Sharma swept the medals.

The results (all are men's events) :

25m rapid fire pistol: 1. Christian Reitz (Gr) 33 (590); 2. Aaron Sauter (Ger) 29 (580); 3. Oleksandr Petriv (Ukr) 23 (586); 6. Gurpreet Singh 6 (587); 11. Neeraj Kumar 575; 22. Bhavesh Shekhawat 566; 29. Shivraj Sase 559; 30. Arpit Goel 559; 32. Harpreet Singh 558; 37.Ajitesh Kumar Kaushal 555; 38. Rushiraj Atul Barot 555; 42. Akshay Ashtaputre 552; 51. Akshay Jain 532; 54. Ankush Bhardwaj 509.

10m air pistol: 1. Damir Mikec (Srb) 244.1 (588); 2. Samuil Donkov (Bul) 241.9 (580); 3. Anmol Jain 220.8 (578); 7. Prakash Nanjappa 139.1 (579); 16. Amanpreet Singh 576; 19. Deepak Sharma 575; 20. Jitu
Rai 575; 25. Akshay Jain 574; 30. Karnav Bishnoi 572; 33. Samaresh Jung 572; 42. Ankush Bhardwaj 569; 46. Harpreet Singh 568; 50. Arpit Goel 566; 52. Jujhar Singh 566; 86. Rishi Raj Nyol 548; 87. Sachin Singh Shekhawat 546; 89. Mayank Marwah 544; 95. Hemant Pratap Singh Bhati 529; 97. Karan Rathi 523; 101. Rajesh Yadav 508; 102. Daksh Khanna 507; 105. Diwakar Singh 459.

25m standard pistol: 1. Neeraj Kumar 571; 2. Harpreet Singh 569; 3. Deepak Sharma 568; 5. Jujhar Singh 567; 6. Samaresh Jung 566; 9. Mahaveer Singh 561; 11. Gurpreet Singh 560; 13. Arpit Goel 558; 14. Ajitesh Kumar Kaushal 558; 19. Ronak Pandit 555; 21. Bhavesh Shekhawat 554; 22. Shivraj Sase 554; 35. Ankush Bhardwaj 542; 38. Akshay Jain 540; 44. Ashok Pandit 534; 47. Sachin Singh Shekhawat 526; 48. Vivek Singh 526; 49. Arun Singh 525; 50. Abhishek Rana 524; 57. Mayank Marwah 508; 58. Abhinav Chaudhry 500.

50m rifle prone: 1. Esben Jakobsen (Den) 251.6 (626.4); 2. Jan Lochbihler (Sui) 249.0 (627.2); 3. Neil Stirton (Sco) 228.2 (627.8); 4. Gagan Narang 207.0 (628.4); 5. Sushil Ghalay 184.8 (625.6); 25. Swapnil Kusale 623.4; 36. Sanjeev Rajput 622.4; 47. Chain Singh 621.4; 111. Karan Singh 614.7; 113. Abhay Goyal 614.5; 146. Manjit Singh Kanwar 605.8; 149. Shivtej Sawant 602.1; 152. Faisal Syed 538.7; 155. Sandeep Sharma 575.7; 157. Bhupinder Singh Handa 488.1.

Note: Players are from India unless mentioned.

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