Shooting World Cup: Jitu Rai misses final by one point

The Olympian was placed 10th after he paid for a slow start as he had a series of 95, 98, 97, 98, 97 and 96.

Jitu Rai missed the final of the shooting World Cup in Munich by a single point. (file image)   -  PTI

Olympic finalist Jitu Rai shot 581 and missed the air pistol final by one point in the shooting World Cup here on Monday. The 29-year-old possibly paid for a slow start as he had a series of 95, 98, 97, 98, 97 and 96.

The other two Indians in the fray, Olympian Prakash Nanjappa and Anmol shot identical scores of 576 to be placed 34th and 36th respectively in a strong field of 112.

Youth Olympics champion Pavlo Korostylov of Ukraine won his maiden World Cup gold, 2.2 points ahead of the seasoned Tomoyuki Matsuda of Japan, with a world junior record of 585 in qualification.

Losing out

In women’s rifle 3-position event, former World Champion in prone, Tejaswini Sawant shot 584 and missed the final by two points. She was placed 14th following a series of 192 in kneeling, 199 in prone and 193 in standing position.

The other two, Gaayathri Nithyanadam (579) and Elizabeth Susan Koshy (576) were not at their best.

World Championship silver medallist Snjezana Pejcic of Croatia won the gold, comfortably ahead of Selina Gschwandtner of Germany who had topped the qualifiers with an intimidating score of 590.

The results: Men: 10m air pistol: 1. Pavlo Korostylov (Ukr) 240.9 WRJ (585); 2. Tomoyuki Matsuda (Jpn) 238.7 (588); 3. Jin Jongoh (Kor) 218.4 (585); 10. Jitu Rai 581; 34. Prakash Nanjappa 576; 36. Anmol 576. MQS: Amanpreet Singh 569; Maninder Singh 568.

Women: 50m rifle 3-position: 1. Snjezana Pejcic (Cro) 462.2 (586); 2. Selina Gschwandtner (Ger) 455.4 (590); 3. Joly Beer (Ger) 444.6 (586); 14. Tejaswini Sawant 584; 38. Gaayathri Nithyanadam 579; 55. Elizabeth Susan Koshy 576.

 

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