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Shooters Jitu, Prakash sail into qualification round of Munich World Cup

Japan's Tomoyuki Matsuda takes aim during the men's 50m pistol qualification round at the Royal Artillery Barracks during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 5, 2012. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (BRITAIN  - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SHOOTING)
Japan's Tomoyuki Matsuda takes aim during the men's 50m pistol qualification round at the Royal Artillery Barracks during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 5, 2012. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (BRITAIN - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SHOOTING)

New Delhi: India’s pistol ace Jitu Rai displayed continued ominous form to sail through to the qualification round of the men’s 50m pistol event on the opening day of the International Shooting Sport Federation ( ISSF) World Cup (rifle/pistol), the third leg of which got underway at Munich’s Olympic Shooting Range.

Jitu shot a subdued 562, enough to finish fourth in his elimination round. His teammate for the upcoming Rio Olympic Games, Prakash Nanjappa also made it through shooting 555 in his elimination relay to finish 13th. The other Indian in the event Omkar Singh, also made it through shooting a score of 547.

In the day’s other events, former Olympic Champion Abhinav Bindra finished 15th in the Men’s 10m air rifle event with a score of 626.2. Bindra has been shooting consistent scores over the last few World Cups but those have not been enough for him to make the Final rounds. Chain Singh shot 622.8 in the qualification round of the same event to end in 41st position.

In the women’s 25m pistol, Anisa Sayyed will go into the rapid fire round tomorrow in 12th place after having shot 291 in the precision round. Pushpanjali Rana is lying 61st in the event with a 282. Heena Sidhu was disqualified in the event due to an equipment problem.

In the women’s 10m air rifle, Pooja Ghatkar was the Indian who finished highest shooting 417.4 to end up in 13th position. Ayonika Paul shot a 417.2 in the event to finish 16th while Apurvi Chandela ended in 67th position with a score of 412.1 (ANI)

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