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Shooters Moudgil, Sawant fail to qualify for finals

Published: 31st Jul 2021 5:59 pm

Tokyo: Indian shooters Anjum Moudgil and Tejaswini Sawant failed to make the finals of the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions event, settling for the 15th and 33rd position respectively, at the Olympics here on Saturday.

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This meant the Indian shooting team’s disastrous outing at the Games continued with none of its participants except for Saurabh Chaudhary qualifying for the finals, having entered Tokyo on the back of some stunning performances and soaring expectations.

Switzerland’s Nina Christen won gold with a finals Olympic record score of 463.9, while Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) athletes Yulia Zykova and Yulia Karimova bagged the silver and bronze respectively. Nina had also won bronze in the 10m air rifle.

World Championship silver-medallist Moudgil finished with 1167 and 54 inner 10s, while the veteran Sawant scored 1154 over the three series of standing kneeling and prone at the Asaka Shooting Range.

Shooting on day eight of the competition, Moudgil shot 390/400 in the kneeling position and 395/400 in prone to be placed fifth at that stage. However, she could only manage 382 in the final position, finding it tough to recover from an eight in her first standing shot. Moudgil, who was inside the top-8 for a while, raised hopes before the final series after a good set of 40 shots, but she could not sustain that.

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