ISSF World Championships: Sanjeev Rajput to lead India's charge

Six Olympic berths are up for grabs in two events — 50m Rifle 3 positions Men ( 4) and Trap Mixed Team (2) — at the World Championships on Friday.

Asian games silver medallist Sanjeev Rajput will lead India in the 50m Rifle 3-positions event along with Akhil Sheoran and Swapnil Kusale.   -  PTI

Of the 360 Olympic quota available for the Tokyo 2020 Games, the first 60 berths are being handed out at the fortnight-long ISSF World Championships currently underway in Changwon, Korea. 

It's been a dismal first week in terms of Olympic qualification for India. Of the 32 spots allocated till Thursday, India could secure only two through Anjum Moudgil (silver) and Apurvi Chandela (fourth place), in the 10m air rifle event.

Six Olympic berths are up for grabs in two events  — 50m Rifle 3 positions Men (4) and Trap Mixed Team (2) — at the World Championships on Friday. 

Sanjeev Rajput will lead India's charge in the 50m Rifle 3-positions event along with Akhil Sheoran and Swapnil Kusale.

Sanjeev won the Asian Games silver medallist last month and will be hoping to continue his good run at the quadrennial World Championships and secure an Olympic berth for the country.

Akhil, 22, who won the gold at the ISSF Shooting World Cup in March, will look to set aside the disappointment of failing to qualify for the final in Jakarta and earn the Olympic ticket.

Manavjit Singh Sandhu/Seema Tomar and Lakshay Sheraon/ Shreyasi Singh are the two pairs aiming to secure India a ticket in the Trap Mixed Team event which is one of the three new combined events added to the Olympic programme for Tokyo 2020.

Indians in action on Friday.

 

In women’s trap held earlier in the week, Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Shreyasi managed 110 out of 125 to finish 34th and Seema Tomar was ranked 41st with a score of 108 out of 125 to finish 41st).

In the men's trap event, Manavjit Singh and Lakshay missed the final after finishing 25th and 35th respectively.

India will need better showing from all the four in the mixed trap event to secure a berth. Though two berths are available, a country can claim only one ticket in the mixed team event.

The day also features qualification rounds for 50m Rifle 3 Positions Women and 25m pistol, both Olympic events.  

While Indians have won two gold medals in the senior events so far, both the medals have come in the non-Olympic events.

Seven more Olympic events remain at the Championships with a possible 28 spots up for grabs.

It must be noted that the shooters can only secure berths for the country. It is the prerogative of the shooting federation to choose the squad for the Olympics.

Here are the 15 Olympic medal events and the number of Olympic quota places up for grabs.

  • Rifle Men: 10m Air Rifle Men, 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men ( 4 each)
  • Shotgun Men: Trap Men, Skeet Men ( 4 each)
  • Rifle Women: 10m Air Rifle Women, 50m Rifle 3 Positions Women ( 4 each)
  • Shotgun Women: Trap Women, Skeet Women ( 4 each)
  • Pistol Men: 10m Air Pistol Men, 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men (4 each)
  • Pistol Women: 10m Air Pistol Women, 25m Pistol Women (4 each)
  • Mixed Gender Team: 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team, 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team, Trap Mixed Team