The mixed air rifle and air pistol finals will be held on Thursday, giving a chance for the Indian shooters to be better prepared for the new Olympic event, even though there will be no Olympic quotas available.
- With Heena Sidhu eliminated, India's run comes to an end in 10m Air Rifle as well, as Manu Bhaker and Yashaswini Singh have been eliminated too.
- Heena Sidhu shot 480 in the first five series to languish at 14th after the completion of five series in the second relay of the 10m Air Pistol event.
- India's run comes to an end in the 50m Rifle 3 positions, as Sanjeev Rajput, Chain Singh and Parul Kumar crash out with scores of 1145, 1165 and 1164. Chain Singh finished 27th, while Sanjeev and Parul finished at 58th and 33rd respectively.
- Sanjeev Rajput has staged a solid comeback in the Prone round after shooting 398. Chain Singh's score in Prone reads 395, while Parul Kumar could only manage 391.
- However, both Manu Bhaker and Yashaswini Singh shoot a disastrous last series. Where Yashaswini could just manage 91, Manu shot 92.
Manu, at the 11th spot after the first relay, has been eliminated. Yashaswini however, 6th on the table, might make it to the finals, but it will be extremely difficult to stick to her position after Relay 2 and stay within 'Top 8'.
- Parul Kumar leading the Indian contingent with a score of 394 in Kneeling, followed by Chain Singh with 390 and Sanjeev Rajput with 388.
- Yashaswini and Bhaker, have, for quite some time now, held their positions at 1 and 2 respectively. While Yashaswini has shot 98, 98, 97 in her first three series, Bhaker has managed 96, 98 and 97.
- Meanwhile, in the 50m Rifle 3 Positions, while Parul Kumar has completed the first two Kneeling series of the qualification with scores of 98 in both, Chain Singh has managed to notch 99 and 98.
Sanjeev Rajput is languishing at the lower end of the scoreboard with a score of 93 from the first series.
- And here we have just the kind of start one would have wanted! Yashaswini Singh Deswal shoots a 98 in the first series. Manu Bhaker starts off with a 96.
Heena Sidhu would be up and firing in the second relay.
The following Indians will be in action today:
10m Air Pistol Women - Manu Bhaker, Yashaswini Singh Deswal, and Heena Sidhu
50m Rifle 3 Positions Men - Parul Kumar, Chain Singh, and Sanjeev Rajput
Here is a rundown of Wednesday's events:
A look at how things stood ahead of the Beijing World Cup:
A 28-member Indian team will aim to add to the three Olympic quota places won so far, in the World Cup starting in Beijing on Tuesday.
The young Saurabh Chaudhary -- the Asian Games air pistol champion, Youth Olympics champion and the World Junior champion -- was the only one to win the Olympic quota in the World Cup at home in February.
The opening day’s competition will feature women’s air rifle, which would only add to the competitive exposure for Anjum, Apurvi, Elavenil Valarivan, and the MQS shooter Mehuli Ghosh, as a country cannot win more than two Olympic quota in any event.
The focus from the Indian perspective will thus be on Wednesday, when there will be women’s air pistol and men’s 50-metre rifle 3-position finals.
Manu Bhaker will be the one to watch, as the 12th standard student is No.1 in both air pistol and the 25-metre sports pistol. With two-time Olympian and former World record holder Heena Sidhu, apart from Yashaswini Deswal in the line up, India has a realistic chance of striking it hot in women’s air pistol.
The mixed air rifle and air pistol finals will be held on Thursday, giving a chance for the Indian shooters to be better prepared for the new Olympic event, even though there will be no Olympic quota available.
Ravi Kumar, Deepak Kumar and Divyansh Singh Panwar will be in line to win the Olympic quota place in men’s air rifle, on Friday.
More significantly, the 25-metre rapid fire pistol shooters will have a better chance for Olympic quota as three will be on offer, unlike two in all other events.
It may be recalled that the rapid fire pistol quota places were withheld in the Delhi World Cup, as visa for two Pakistani rapid fire pistol shooters had been denied. Those two quota places will be given one each additionally in the Beijing and Munich World Cups.
Commonwealth Games gold medallist Anish Bhanwala, along with Arpit Goel and Adarsh Singh will fight for the quota places in rapid fire.
In men’s air pistol, in which Saurabh Chaudhary will be fielded in the MQS event to enhance the chances of a second Indian winning the Olympic quota, the onus will be on World Cup gold medallist Shahzar Rizvi, Asian Games bronze medallist Abhishek Verma and World Junior champion Arjun Singh Cheema to capitalise on the opportunity.
The World Cup will close with the finals in women’s 25-metre sports pistol and the 50-metre rifle 3-position events on Sunday. Asian Games gold medallist Rahi Sarnobat, apart from Manu Bhaker and Chinki Yadav will be competing in the pistol event.
Gaayathri Nithyanandam, Sunidhi Chauhan and Kajal Saini will try to prove that it is a fair decision to field the World record holder Anjum Moudgil in the MQS section in the event, so as to help the team strike further Olympic quota.
The presence of a battery of coaches, Samaresh Jung, Ved Prakash, Pavel Smirnov, Randhir Singh, Manoj Kumar, Oleg Mikhailov, Deepali Deshpande, Jaspal Rana and Suma Shirur would mean that it will be difficult to blame the absence of coaches for unsatisfactory performance!