India's teen shooting sensation Manu Bhaker and home crowd favorite failed to make it to the podium at the women's 25m air pistol after she finished 5th in the ISSF World Cup here in New Delhi.
Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range would have been witness to a Super Sunday after Saurabh Chaudhry made a record-shattering performance earning a Gold medal and an Olympic quota place, but it wasn’t to be.
Bhaker finished with a score of 22 before the Gold medal went to Veronika Major of Hungary who was way ahead of the pack with a World record score of 40 , the Silver medal went to Jingjing Zhang of China with a score of 33 whereas Haniyeh Rostamiyan of Iran settled for Bronze in a fiercely contested shoot-off with a score of 30.
The Indian did not start well and stood 7th after first 10 shots but made a comeback of sorts to make it to the 2nd position after the end of the 6th round with a score of 20. The Indian could not sustain the run and could score only 2 in the next round which put her at 22, one point behind Monika Karsch and Jingjing Zhang and such saw her being eliminated.
The Indian had a stern competition up her sleeve. Apart from the podium finishers, the line-up had Rio Olympics silver medalist Monika Karsch of Germany, and Rio Olympics Bronze medalist Heidi Gerber of Switzerland too in the finals.
Earlier Manu Bhaker reached the finals after securing 2nd position in the qualifications with a score of 590, 1 point behind winner Veronika Major. Compatriot Rahi Sarnobat finished 15th in the qualifications with a score of 580 while Chinki Yadav finished 17th with an identical score of 580. As a result, India could not fetch an Olympic quota as well.
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