Indian shooters below their best

Gurpreet Singh shot 573 and placed 26th in men’s rapid fire pistol event in the shooting World Cup in Munich on Monday.

Gurpreet Singh will be representing India in the event in which Vijay Kumar had won the silver in the last Olympics in London.   -  K. Murali Kumar

Gurpreet Singh shot 573 and placed 26th in men’s rapid fire pistol event in the shooting World Cup in Munich on Monday. The 28-year-old Gurpreet, who will be representing the country in the event in which Vijay Kumar had won the silver in the last Olympics in London, came up with a similar fare in the second stage after having shot 287 in the first stage on Sunday. He was far off the mark as 582 made the cut for the final.

Harpreet Singh, who had also shot an identical 287 in the first stage with a 100 in the 8-second series, faltered in the 8-second series to a score of 88, in the second stage. Cards of 99 and 94 in the 6-second and 4-second series could not lift his fortunes, as he finished 36th with a total of 568, in a field of 58 shooters. Akshay Suhas Ashtaputre was below par as he placed 52nd with a score of 545, as he lost 30 points in the 4-second series itself.

In men’s 50-metre rifle prone event, Chain Singh shot 624.3 for the 29th place, while Gagan Narang, nursing an injury, settled for the 52nd place with a score of 620.6.

It may be noted that 627.4 made the cut for the final, while Torben Grimmel of Denmark shot 210.6 to win the gold, one point ahead of Henri Junghaenel of Germany, after having topped the qualification with an intimidating total of 632.0.

In women’s rifle 3-position event, Lajja Gauswami (576) and Anjum Moudgil (574) made the cut through the elimination stage in an overall field of 115 shooters. They may have to come up with a superior performance on Tuesday in the qualification phase to fancy their chances of making the final.

The results:

Men: 50m rifle prone: 1. Torben Grimmel (Den) 210.6 (632.0); 2. Henri Junghaenel (Ger) 209.6 (628.8); 3. Matthew Emmons (US) 187.2 (631.8); 29. Chain Singh 624.3; 52. Gagan Narang 620.6.