"That would be all from our side for the day. Do come back tomorrow for some more action from the capital!"
Next up, we have Manu Bhaker competing in the final of the Women's 25m Pistol in exactly 30 minutes from now. Stay tuned!
We are minutes away from the Men's 10m Air Pistol final. Stay tuned!
• While Hungary's Istvan Peni scores 459.1 to win the Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions Final, Russia's Sergey Kamenskiy wins silver (459.0) and Italy's Marco De Nicolo grabs bronze (444.5). Istvan Peni and De Nicolo get Olympic quotas.
• Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions final score update:
• Teen sensation Manu Bhaker shoots 294 in the Rapid Fire stage, to settle for 590 and currently the second place in the 25m Pistol category. A place in the final is all but confirmed!
• Saurabh Chaudhary shoots 587 and qualifies for the 10m Air Pistol final! He will be the only shooter representing India in the event.
• Saurabh Chaudhary is setting the range on fire! Currently ranked second, he is halfway through the fourth series and has already scored 343.
• Rahi Sarnobat is done with the Rapid Fire stage of the 25m Air Pistol. She returns a score of 293 (99, 99 and 95). Her total score in the event reads 580.
• Saurabh Chaudhary shoots a 96 in the first series and a perfect 100 in the next. Two down, four to go!
• Annu Raj Singh shoots 571 in the 25m Women's Pistol - MQS Extra round. The Minimum Qualification Scores set for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games is 555.
• 105 points in 13 shots is what Annu Raj Singh needs to go past the set MQS for the Olympics in the 25m Women's Pistol event.
• The Women's 25m Pistol event (Rapid Fire stage) has already started and we can expect Sportstar Aces Young Athlete of the Year, Manu Bhaker , to be at her best.
• Here is the list of athletes who have made the cut for the Men's 50m Air Rifle 3 Positions men final:
• Sanjeev Rajput finishes at the 25th place with 1169 points. Thus, there will no Indian shooter in the Men's Rifle 3 Positions final.
• That's one to forget for Parul Kumar. A 382 in the standing round sees him go crashing down the leaderboard. He amassed a total of 1170 in the Qualification round.
• Both Abhishek Verma (presently 10th) and Ravinder Singh (presently 12th) finish at 576 points. They are all but eliminated from the final with Relay 2 due to commence at 12:15pm.
• And Mitharval finishes at 578 with an exceptional 99 in the last series, which is well above the required Minimum Qualification Score (MQS) of 563.
• 35 points in f ive shots is what is required now for Om Prakash Mitharval to breach the Tokyo Olympic MQS. Can he do it? Should be easy!
• Both Abhishek Verma and Ravinder Singh have entered the top eight but this is just the beginning.
Saurabh Chaudhary and 40 others will compete in the Relay 2 round starting at 12:15pm and from the combined results we will have only the top eight people qualifying for the final at 02:45pm today. A long way to go!
• Ravinder Singh shoots a 97, 96 and 96 in the first three series of the 10 Air Pistol Qualification.
• Well, well, well... what do we have here! Sanjeev Rajput scores a 398 in the Prone round. Ain't that impressive?
• Abhishek Verma is off to a good start as well in the Men's 10m Air Pistol Relay 1. Ranked second as of now, he has shot a 96 and 99 in the first two series.
• Parul Kumar drops to the ninth place! At the end of the Prone round, 392 (98, 98, 98 and 98) is what he could muster. Only the standing round remains and by the end of that he should stay in the top eight to qualify for the final at 12:45 today. Can he do it?
• At the MQS Extra round, Om Prakash Mitharval has shot a 95 in the first series. One must note, the MQS set for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo for the Men's 10m Air Pistol is 563. Can he breach that mark?
AREN'T WE ALL EXCITED?
• Meanwhile, it is time for the Sportstar Aces Young Athlete of the Year, Saurabh Chaudhary , to show what he is capable of, as it is almost time for the 10m Air Pistol Relay 1 to begin.
• Sanjeev Rajput completes the kneeling round at 386 points (97,97,96 and 96)
• Meanwhile, Sanjeev Rajput is not having that great a day. Shoots 97, 96 and 96 in the first three series of the kneeling round.
• What a show from Parul! He has completed the kneeling round and is sitting in the fourth position on the leaderboard with 396 points. Here's his target map:
• Parul Kumar stages a brilliant comeback to climb the leaderboard and enter the top 10. He started off with a 97 in the first series only to hit a perfect 100 in the next!
• Game on! The Men's 50m Rifle 3 positions Qualification round (Kneeling) has started and we have Sanjeev Rajput and Parul Kumar fighting it out for India.
Here is Sunday's events rundown in IST:
Here is our correspondent Kamesh Srinivasan's preview for the ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup 2019:
The threat is over and the shooters can now pull the trigger in right earnest in pursuit of the 14 Olympic quota places on offer, apart from the 30 medals, in the ISSF World Cup starting at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, on Saturday.
After the uncertainty about the Olympic quota places have been dispelled by a clear directive from the International Olympic Committee, the Indian shooters will aim to secure 12 of the Olympic quota places that they are eligible to earn in this edition.
The rapid fire experts Anish Bhanwala, Arpit Goel and Adarsh Singh have to wait their turn for the next World Cup to win the rapid fire Olympic quota places.
With Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela having already secured the maximum possible two Olympic quota places for India in women’s air rifle, the focus will be on some of the explosive youngsters who have been dominant on the global stage.
Saurabh Chaudhary, the Asian Games gold medallist, Youth Olympics champion and World junior champion, will be one of the strong contenders in men’s air pistol. So will be the other Youth Olympics
gold medallist Manu Bhaker who had a phenomenal season last year when she won World Cup gold medals among women and juniors, apart from world class scores in the Asian Games.
Bhaker, in fact, will have three events, air pistol, sports pistol and the mixed air pistol to assert her class.
Of course, there are no more Olympic quotas available for the mixed events after the ones won in the World Championship last year. The shooters have to qualify individually and form a team at the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.
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Asian Games silver medallist Deepak Kumar and the air rifle national champion for the last three years Ravi Kumar have enough exposure at the international level to strike it rich at home. There is also a surprise package in the young Divyansh Singh Panwar.
The onus in women’s rifle 3-position will be on Gaayathri Nithyanandam and former World Champion in prone, Tejaswini Sawant, as the world record holder in the event, Anjum Moudgil is ineligible to fight for any further quota place.
Seasoned Olympians like Sanjeev Rajput and Heena Sidhu who took the oath on behalf of the athletes at the opening ceremony on Thursday, will be able to deliver in men’s rifle 3-position and women’s air pistol events respectively.
Asian Games gold medallist Rahi Sarnobat who shoots the 25-metre sports pistol, the equivalent of men’s rapid fire pistol, will be able to step on the gas along with Manu Bhaker and Chinki Yadav.
There are other shooters like Olympian Chain Singh and the Asian Games bronze medallist Abhishek Verma, who are capable of winning anything on their day.
The focus of all the shooters will be to first make the finals in their events. Everything is possible thereafter, from gold medals to Olympic quota places.
The opening day will feature the women’s air rifle final, in which the host can aim to shoot the medals only.
It will not be easy, as the rest of the world is in strength, with the Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Americans, Russians apart from the Europeans, gunning for glory, which should make it a lively contest over the next five days.