Asian Games silver medalist Deepak Kumar, who qualified for the 10m Air Rifle Finals at the ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup, on Friday, with a score of 627.9, finished seventh, missing out on both a podium finish and an Olympic Quota. Of the eight finalists, only three were eligible to get a Tokyo 2020 Quota.
Kumar, who had to beat either Slovakia's Patrik Jany or Australia's Dane Sampson to get a Quota place, had to make do with his final score of 143.6, following some sensational shooting by Jany. The 31-year-old shooter from New Delhi, was the best among his compatriots in the Qualification event where Yash Vardhan just missed out, scoring 627.7. He was placed ninth in Qualification. Kiran Ankush Jadhav, on the other hand, managed to score 627.5 , finishing 11th.
Jany eventually went on to win the bronze and Sampson finished fourth to secure the Quotas even as the gold went to Yu Haonan of China who broke both the senior and junior world records with a stunning 252.8 finish.
Petar Gorsa of Croatia added a silver to go with his Thursday's gold in the men’s 50m Rifle 3 positions, where he pipped Sanjeev Rajput.
In women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions, Tejaswini Sawant finished seventh with a score of 1172 in the first relay of Elimination, whereas Anjum Moudgil, who had been fielded in the Minimum Qualification Score (MQS) section fetched 1169 points, the par score for the event being 1115. Gaayathri Nithyanadam placed 32nd with a score of 1155 in Elimination - Relay 2. Kajal Saini, in the first relay, had a better showing, with 1166.
India, presently, with two gold, one silver and a bronze, tops the medals tally with five more finals to go.
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