ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup 2019: Chandela, Moudgil miss out on podium finish

Apurvi Chandela got eliminated with a final score of 207.8. She narrowly missed out on the bronze medal.

Apurvi Chandela competes for gold with China's Zhao Ruozhu (R) in the finals of women's 10m Air Rifle during the ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol at Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi on February 23. Chandela shot 252.9 to win the top prize and create a world record. (FILE IMAGE)   -  PTI

Good Morning! Hello and welcome to Sportstar's highlights of the ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup 2019 in Beijing, China.

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  • Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar finishes the MQS Extra round with a total of 1166. The MQS cut-off for the event is 1135.
     
  • Sanjeev Rajput qualifies to the final round of the 50m Rifle 3 positions with a score of 1171, finishing fifth on the qualification scoreboard.

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    Here is the list of the eight shooters who will have a go at the podium on Wednesday.


     
  • Tomar scores 394 in the Prone round at the 3 positions Rifle MQS Extra.
     
  • Sanjeev Rajput climbs to the 'top eight' as he scores 396 in the Prone round. Do we see another qualification today?

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    Sanjeev Rajput has moved up to the sixth position on the leaderboard now.


     
  • Women's 10m Air Rifle Final

    Russia's Yulia Karimova, 25, has bagged the gold medal with a score of 251.1. That is 2.8 points more that the 2018 World Championships gold score.

    Korea's Eunji Kwon bags silver with 250.2 points.

    3rd place (Bronze): Korea's Jihyeon Keum bags her first World Cup medal.

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    4th place - Apurvi Chandela just misses out on the podium with a total of 207.8. She cannot hide her disappointment.

    5th place - Najmeh Khedmati

    • Apurvi Chandela - 10.5, 10.2


    6th place- That is the end of Moudgil's search for another medal.

    • Anjum Moudgil - 10.5, 9.9
    • Apurvi Chandela - 10.3, 10.4


    7th place - Anna Nielsen. Chandela back in the hunt now, as Moudgil keeps slipping down to the danger zone.

    • Anjum Moudgil - 10.7, 9.4
    • Apurvi Chandela - 10.5, 10.9
       

    8th place - Luyao Wang is the first one to be eliminated

    • Anjum Moudgil - 10.3, 10.7
    • Apurvi Chandela - 10.1, 10.6
       

    -Nice comeback from Chandela here, but she must push harder to get to the top.

    • Anjum Moudgil - 10.2, 10.4, 10.2, 10.2, 10.5
    • Apurvi Chandela - 10.6, 10.8, 10.5, 10.4, 10.5
       

    - Poor start for Apurvi Chandela as she narrowly misses the last spot at the end of the first series.

    • Anjum Moudgil - 10.3, 10.5, 10.1, 10.3, 10.4
    • Apurvi Chandela - 9.9, 10.5, 10.1, 10.3, 9.9

     

    We are all set to go!

 

  • Tomar completes the Kneeling round with a score of 389.
     
  • Sanjeev Rajput (participating in Elimination Relay 2) and Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar (participating in MQS round) shoot 97 in the first series of the 50m Rifle 3 positions to start off things.
     
  • Second! Mehuli Ghosh scores 632.2 to finish behind Yingjie Zhu in the MQS Extra round of the 10m Air Rifle event. This is well past the 590.0 cut-off for this event.

    It is only the second highest score overall in Women's 10m Air Rifle event at the Beijing World Cup.

    Mehuli has the best score amongst Indian women.

     
  • The Indian team put a brilliant show in the women's 10m Air Rifle event to finish at the top of the leaderboard with a total of 1887.2.

     
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    Indian team finishes first in women's 10m Air Rifle at the ISSF Rifle/ Pistol Shooting World Cup 2019 in Beijing.


     
  • Both Chandela and Moudgil will thus, fight it out with six others in the final at 10:40 AM for a medal. They are however not eligible for quota places.

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    List of the eight shooters who have made it to the 10m Air Rifle Final.


     
  • Apurvi Chandela finishes first in the 10m Air Rifle Qualification Round with a score of 630.9. Anjum Moudgil occupies the fourth spot while Elavenil takes up the 15th place.


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    Apurvi Chandela finishes first in the 10m Air Rifle Qualification Round.



     
  • And wham! Two 10.9s in her fifth series pushes Apurvi to the top spot.

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    After accumulating 106.3 in Series 5, Apurvi Chandela made her way to the top of the qualification table.


     
  • 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men Elimination Relay 1 (FR3X40) : India's Chain Singh and Parul Kumar finish at the 16th and 18th position respectively, with scores of 1169 and 1168 in the first relay. All eyes would be on Sanjeev Rajput when he would be leading the nation's charge in Relay 2 which starts at 10:05 AM IST.
     
  • Apurvi Chandela has not had the best of starts, scoring 313.6 in the first three series.

    Elavenil Valarivan too, is not in that great a touch as she presently languishes at the 16th spot on the table.

    Apurvi Chandela has not had the best of starts, scoring 313.6 in the first three series.


     
  • For those waiting to catch Sanjeev Rajput in action, the FR3X40 Relay 2 starts at 10:05 AM IST. Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar too, would be competing in the second round of the MQS Extra.
     
  • 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men Elimination Relay 1 (FR3X40) : India's Parul Kumar scores 390 in the Kneeling round and 396 in the Prone round.

    On the other hand, Chain Singh has managed to notch 384 and 397.
     
  • Anjum Moudgil finishes second in the first round of the women's 10m Air Rifle Qualification with a score of 629.4

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    Anjum Moudgil finishes second in the first round of the women's 10m Air Rifle Qualification.


     
  • It is going to be difficult to displace Russia's Yulia Karimova from the top spot in the qualification now.

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    Russia's Yuli Karimova scripted the perfect finish, scoring 106.4 in the last series, to amass a total of 630.4 in the Women's 10m Air Rifle Qualification Relay 1.



    Karimova scripted the perfect finish, scoring 106.4 in the last series, to amass a total of 630.4. Moudgil has to score at an average of 10.6 per shot for her remaining eight shots to remove Karimova from the top. Quite the task, I would say!
     
  • BAM! Moudgil's 43rd shot in the fifth series finds the bullseye. That helps her move up the table and occupy the first spot.

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    Anjum Moudgil's 43rd shot in the fifth series finds the bullseye.


     
  • Moudgil drops down to seventh again after managing to score 105.0 and 103.3 in the third and fourth series, respectively.
     
  • Moudgil betters her first series score in the second shooting 105.5 to move second on the table.
     
  • Meanwhile, we all have to wait a while before we get to see Mehuli Ghosh in action at the 10m Air Rifle MQS event. In the first round, it is China's Hong Xu who sits at the top, as of now, after the first series with a score of 104.6
     
  • Women's 10m Air Rifle Qualification, today's first event, is already underway and Anjum Moudgil is off to a good start. After losing her way a bit in the second and third shot of the first series she has come back well to manage 105.1. She is presently 7th on the leaderboard.

The following Indians will be in action today:

10m Air Rifle Women - Anjum Moudgil, Elavenil Valarivan, Mehuli Ghosh (MQS) and Apurvi Chandela

50m Rifle 3 Positions Men - Parul Kumar, Chain Singh, Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar (MQS) and Sanjeev Rajput

 

Here is a rundown of today's events:

Time (in IST)Event
06:30 AM - 07:45 AM10m Air Rifle Women Relay 1
06:30 AM - 09:15 AM50m Rifle 3 Positions Men Elimination 1
08:30 AM - 09:45 AM10m Air Rifle Women Relay 2
10:05 AM - 12:50 PM50m Rifle 3 Positions Men Elimination 2
10:40 AMFinal 10m Air Rifle Women
11:40 AMVictory Ceremony

 

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.

Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela had won the quota in women’s air rifle in the World Championship last year.

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.

READ: Olympic quotas reallocated to World Cups in Beijing, Munich

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.

Olympians Sanjeev Rajput and Chain Singh apart from Parul Kumar will attempt to make the rifle 3-position event memorable.

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!