• At the end of the women's 50m rifle 3 position in the second relay, Gaayathri Nithyanadam is at 10th place with a score of 1166. Tejaswini Sawant is lying low at 35th with 1146 and is unexpected to make the qualification round tomorrow. Sunidhi Chauhan and Gaayathri will take position in the final qualification tomorrow and will require a top 8 finish to reach the final. That brings us to the end of Monday's session at the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi.
• Anjum Moudgil (1164) and Kajal Saini (1165) have no trouble attaining the MQS score (1115) in the women's rifle 3 positions event.
• Sergey Kamenskiy's second medal this World cup is a gold and doesn't he love it! Kamenskiy who had bagged the silver at the Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions on Sunday beats everyone to the podium today scoring an exceptional 249.4. Runner up - Yukun Liu: 247.0, Zicheng Hui: 225.9
An interesting fact to note: Kamenskiy's score is one point higher than what the gold score was in the 2018 World Championships.
• The men's 10m air rifle final is underway. The Indians, however, will have to wait until the next World Cup to earn their quota places.
• Anjum Moudgil gets 392 in the kneeling segment of the 50m rifle 3 positions in the MQS category.An individual can claim only one quota place for his/her country. Since Moudgil has already earned India a quota place in the 10m air rifle category at the World Championships last year, she is competing in the MQS category here to ensure India has every chance to claim the two possible quotas in the category.
• Gaayathri Nithyanadam and Tejaswini Sawant are, in the meantime, done with the first position of the second relay of the 50m Rifle 3 Positions Women qualification event. At 14th and 19th respectively, as of now, the scores read 388 and 355.
• Pankaj Kumar shoots 620.9 in the MQS Extra stage of the 10m Air Rifle event. Required MQS was 595.0
• Disappointing news for the Indian shooting fans! None of the three shooters - Divyansh Panwar (12th), Ravi Kumar (14th), and Deepak Kumar (34th)- could qualify for the 10m Air Rifle Final.
• In the MQS Extra - Stage 1, Gurpreet Singh and Bhavesh Shekhawat finish with 285 and 280 respectively.
Saurabh Chaudhary on his magnificient performance on Sunday:
• Adarsh Singh, who is competing for a medal in the Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event scores 288 in the first stage. He is just one point behind compatriot Arpit Goel.
• Pankaj Kumar, who is aiming for the MQS in the same event at the range, shoots a 102.8 and 102.9 in the first two series. Set MQS for the event is 595.0
• A 104.2 for Divyansh and a 105.5 for Ravi is how things start in the first series of the second relay at the capital. Does it get better from here?
• Only time will tell whether India has a shot at the medal in the Men's 10m Air Rifle, as both Divyansh Singh Panwar and Ravi Kumar are fighting it out in the range, now that Deepak Kumar is already out of contention.
• Meanwhile, Kajal Saini is done with her round as well. She has managed to put up 1165 on the board. Well past the MQS mark!
• Sunidhi Chauhan finishes with a score of 1168 in the first qualification round of the Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions event. As of now, she is ninth on the leaderboard.
• Kajal Saini shoots a 395 in Prone, which means that she needs a minimum of 335 in the final standing position to cross the set MQS. Should be easy, right?
• The Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event is already underway and India's Arpit Goel has shot 289 in Stage 1.
• Sad news for India! Deepak Kumar's final score reads 624.3, and rank 16th after the Men's 10m Air Rifle Relay 1 event. He is all but eliminated.
• 98 it is! Sunidhi completes the Prone round as well with a score of 396. With a total score of 785 from two positions now, she leaps up to the sixth place.
• What a comeback from Sunidhi: 99, 99 and a 100 in Prone! Any guesses as to what her score will be in the last series?
• Sunidhi Chauhan accumulates 389 points (98, 99, 97 and 95) from the kneeling round. She presently occupies the 18th place on the leaderboard.
Who is it going to be for the host? Deepak Kumar? Or Ravi Kumar? Or maybe Divyansh Singh Panwar?
• Kajal Saini completes the kneeling round in the MQS Extra with a score of 385.
• Deepak Kumar shoots a 103.2 and a 103.6 in the first two series in the 10m Air Rifle Qualification round.
• In the meantime, Kajal Saini is eyeing the Minimum Qualification Score (MQS) in Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions and starts off with a 97. The MQS set for the 2020 Olympic Games for this event is 1115.
• Not a bad start to the day for the host at all! Sunidhi Chauhan shoots a 98 in the first series of the kneeling round in the Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions event.
Here is Monday'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.
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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.
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