Jitu Rai, Prakash Nanjappa fail to qualify for 50m Pistol Final

Andrew Cummings
August 11, 2016

Multiple medallist at the ISSF World Cup, World Championships, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games, Jitu started the 50m pistol qualification with 91 and fired 95 in the second series.

Rai had a slow start in the 10m event and shot 580, a poor score by his standard, to be ranked sixth in qualification round.

Earlier, in 10m air pistol final it was a heartbreak for India in the men's 10m air pistol final after Jitu Rai finished eighth in the field of eight shooters with a score of 78.7 at the end of the elimination round.

The 24-year-old Popole gathered a point through Yoko, which is awarded for a throw that is "partially lacking" in two of the three elements of an ippon: putting the opponent on his back, speed of throw, force of throw.

His last shot was 10.1 but that was not enough to save him from elimination. I don't know what to say. I can understand one shot going awry. He was doing so well in the other series.

Bombayla Devi, 31, was the only bright spot in India's Rio Olympics campaign on Wednesday. It's really disheartening to see them in a touch and go position.

Arjuna awardee shooter and International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Randhir Singh also found Jitu's performance surprising. After a great performance in the earlier series to have a meltdown like this. Another Indian shooter Prakash Nanjappa also finished a lowly 25th to crash out of the quadrennial extravaganza on Wednesday.

IOC President Thomas Bach presented Jitu Rai the gold medal after he won the 50 metre pistol event in Incheon.

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