After a fairly successful showing thus far at the ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, the Indian contingent struggled to find their form on Sunday as none of its shooters could make it past the qualification round.
India's best placed shooter was 16-year-old Anish Bhanwala, who finished in 18th place with a score of 577 out of a possible 600. Bhanwala was very consistent in the first stage, getting a score of 291.
The youngster though missed the mark in the second stage, particularly in the six and four second rounds, missing the target on nine occasions in those two rounds to miss out on the cut for the finals by eight points.
India’s other 25m Rapid Fire pistol shooter, Adarsh Singh, also fared poorly, finishing in 25th place with a score of 576. He too started off the competition in good form, but missed a few shots in the second stage of the four-second round, which ended up costing him a place in the finals.
Gold for Reitz
Christian Reitz of Germany added another accolade to his list as he bagged the top prize at the Rio World Cup. The 2016 Olympic gold medallist scored 34 in the finals to claim the gold while his compatriot Oliver Geis won the silver with a score of 32.
Pakistan’s Muhammad Khalil Akhtar secured the Olympic quota in Rio despite finishing sixth in the finals, as all the other finalists had either already qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics or their representative nations had already achieved the maximum quota possible for the event.