Lajja Gauswami came up with a strong finish, firing an impressive 197 in the standing position, yet missed a final berth by one point in the women’s rifle 3-position event in the shooting World Cup in Munich on Tuesday.
World Cup silver medallist in 2013, Lajja stumbled to 189 in kneeling and recovered with 196 in prone, before shooting the second best score among 70 shooters in the standing position.
A total of 582 proved one short for the other Indian shooter in the fray, as Anjum Moudgil repeated Lajja’s total with scores of 193 in kneeling, 199 in prone and 190 in standing positions.
World championship silver medallist Snjezana pejcic of Croatia took the gold — six points ahead of Anzela Voronova of Estonia. Interestingly, the two had qualified with scores of 584 and 583 respectively.
In contrast, Jitu Rai (579) and Gurpreet Singh (578) missed the final in men’s air pistol by a mile, as 584 made the cut. Free pistol gold medallist in the Rio World Cup this season, Oleh Omelchuk of Ukraine clinched the gold, 0.8 point ahead of Ismail Keles of Turkey, after having topped qualification with 588.
The results: Men: 10m air pistol: 1. Oleh Omelchuk (Ukr) 201.9 (588); 2. Ismail Keles (Tur) 201.1 (585); 3. Xuan Vinh Hoang (Vie) 179.8 (585); 22. Jitu Rai 579; 32. Gurpreet Singh 578; 52. Omkar Singh 574. MQS: Prakash Nanjappa 576. Women: 50m rifle 3-position: 1. Snjezana Pejcic (Cro) 462.7 (584); 2. Anzela Voronova (Est) 456.7 (583); 3. Petra Zublasing (Ita) 446.8 (588); 15. Anjum Moudgil 582); 17. Lajja Gauswami (582).
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