While Sanjeev Rajput came close — losing out on a place in the final by a point — Akhil Sheoron and Anjum Moudgil had a disappointing day at the range.
India’s campaign at the season-ending ISSF World Cup Final (Rifle/Pistol) began on a difficult note, as none of its shooters could make it past the qualification round in the 50m Rifle 3 Position at the Putian Sports Training Base in Putian, China on Tuesday.
In the men’s section, while Sanjeev Rajput finished ninth and missed out on making the cut for the final round by just one position, Akhil Sheoran endured a poor day at the range, ending in the 13th position among the 14 who competed in the qualification.
Rajput, who won an Olympic quota for the country in the discipline a few months ago, was slow to start as he shot a total of 384 in the kneeling position, placing him ninth in the qualification. From there on, it was an uphill task for the Indian as he fought against a tough field to eke his way into the top eight.
Though a total of 388 in the prone position saw him challenge the early pacesetters, the Indian Navy marksman ended up missing the cut by a solitary point, after a 381 in the standing position saw him total 1153, a point less than Poland’s Tomasz Bartnik, who completed the list of finalists with 1154 to his name. Bartnik, eventually finished sixth with Filip Nepejchal of the Czech Republic winning the title.
Meanwhile, though Sheoran started brightly with some controlled shooting in the kneeling and prone positions, three series of 94 in the standing position saw himslip down to the 13th spot with a total score of 1147.
In the women’s competition, Anjum Moudgil struggled to come to terms with the quality on display as two poor series in the very beginning saw her slip down the order on Tuesday.
Moudgil, who became the first Indian shooter to book a Tokyo 2020 spot, did not have an ideal start as she began with a bunch of 9s and an 8 to hit 92 in her very first series of the competition.
Her second series in the kneeling position was no better, as another 92 saw her drop to the bottom. She recovered well to manage a total of 377 in the kneeling segment, but still needed a mighty show from the Chandigarh-based shooter if she wanted to make it to the final in Putian.
Though Moudgil shot a total of 390 in the prone position, a 380 in the standing position could only fetch her 13th place in the qualification.