Rajeshwari Kumari shot 120 out of 125 in qualification and stayed strong in the final to clinch one of the four Olympic quota places for Paris in women’s trap in the World Championship in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Thursday.
Among the six finalists, five were eligible for the Olympic quota places. Once qualification topper Alessandra Perilli (122) of San Marino got eliminated in sixth place after 25 birds in the final, the rest of the eligible shooters confirmed their Olympic quota.
Italy had already won two Olympic quota places in the event, and the eventual silver medallist Jessica Rossi herself had won one of the quota places.
It was the fourth Olympic quota in the ongoing World Championship for Indian shooting, after the ones captured by Mehuli Ghosh, Akhil Sheoran and Sift Kaur Samra.
Rudrankksh Patil, Swapnil Kusale and Bhowneesh Mendiratta had won the quota earlier.
It was an admirable fare from Rajeshwari, who shot a perfect 25 in the fifth round, after having stumbled to 22 in the fourth. That last-round effort ensured a final berth for her in third place. There was a shoot-off for the last three places in the final, among five with a score of 119.
Along with Manisha Keer (115) and Preeti Rajak (109), Rajeshwari missed the team medal by five points.
In men’s trap, Prithviraj Tondaiman shot 121 for the 23rd spot, Kynan Chenai (119) and Zoravar Singh Sandhu (117) placed 51st and 70th respectively. The Indian team was 11th among 34, with a total of 357.
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