Ravi Kumar fifth in Shooting World Cup

He did not win a medal, but Ravi Kumar of Air Force, leapt into the future with a qualification score of 629.3 in air rifle in the shooting World Cup in Munich on Friday.

Ravi missed the chance to jump into the medal bracket as he had a relatively shaky foundation in the first 12 shots of the 24-shot final.   -  Sandeep Saxena

He did not win a medal, but Ravi Kumar of Air Force, leapt into the future with a qualification score of 629.3 in air rifle in the shooting World Cup in Munich on Friday.

In a high quality field of 127 shooters, Ravi, who had utilised the High Performance Centre of former World and Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra in Chandigarh last month, missed the chance to jump into the medal bracket as he had a relatively shaky foundation in the first 12 shots of the 24-shot final.

The 27-year-old Ravi placed fifth eventually, and missed further progress by a mere 0.9 point to the eventual bronze medallist Vitali Bubnovich of Belarus, who had topped the qualifiers with 630.2.

Interestingly, the top three shooters of the qualification phase, went on to bag the three medals, with the Russians dominating by bagging the gold and silver, with a world record to boot for Sergey Kamenskiy.

In the absence of the best air rifle shooters of the country, Ravi and Deepak Kumar had been shaping up well in the event, having made the final in the first World Cup in Delhi. In that, Ravi had shot 624.0.

It was a qualitative jump for him to shoot an average of nearly 10.5 over 60 shots.

He had a series of 104.9, 104.5, 105.0, 105.4, 104.4, 104.9. Having competed in the World Championship, the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games, Ravi did have the expertise to tackle the strong field in which some of the best did not make the final, even though it was only his fourth appearance in a World Cup.

The other two Indians in the fray, Satyendra Singh (623.9) and Deepak Kumar (617.8) were not that good and placed 46th and 84th respectively.

Meanwhile, in the women’s 25-metre sports pistol, Rahi Sarnobat (290), Surabhi Pathak (284) and Muskan (281) went through the precision stage, in which 295 out of 300 was the best score in a field of 86 shooters. The rapid fire section will be shot on Saturday, and the top eight will qualify for the final.

However, the MQS shooters went through the full course with Annu Raj Singh and Chinki Yadav reaching 568 and 559 respectively.

In the men’s 50-metre free pistol elimination round, Prakash Nanjappa (557), Amanpreet Singh (553) and Jitu Rai (541) had little difficulty in making it to the qualification phase. In fact, only 12 could not make it from among 86. In the MQS section, Om Prakash Mitharval and Arun were impressive with scores of 559 and 557 respectively.

The results:

Men:

10m air rifle: 1. Sergey Kamenskiy (Rus) 250.9 WR (629.2); 2. Vladimir Maslennikov (Rus) 250.4 (629.3); 3. Vitali Bubnovich (Blr) 228.9 (630.2); 5. Ravi Kumar 185.7 (629.1); 46. Satyendra Singh 623.9; 84. Deepak Kumar 617.8.

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