Asian Games: Unimpressive start for India in shooting

Friday, November 12, 2010

GUANGZHOU - India finished seventh in the women’s team event of the 10 metre air rifle event while the men’s team finished fifth in the 50 metre pistol event on the opening day of the shooting competition of the Asian Games here Saturday.

None of the Indians could qualify for the final of the women’s 10 metre air rifle event, but Navyman Omkar Singh finished fifth and qualified for the final of the men’s 50 metre pistol event at the Aoti shooting range.

In the women’s 10 metre qualification round, Suma Shirur finished 10th with a score of 396 points. Another Indian Kavitha Yadav finished 28th, logging 390 while Tejaswini Sawant also shot 390 points, but finished 33rd on the basis of perfect 10s.

The Indian team of Suma, Kavitha and Tejaswini finished a distant seventh in the team event with a score of 1,176. Suma and Kavitha had won the pairs bronze in the same event last month in the Commonwealth Games.

Hosts China won gold, Iran claimed the silver medal, while Uzbekistan won the bronze.

Chinese trio of Yi Siling, Wu Liuxi and Yu Dan shot a total of 1,194 points for the yellow metal. Siling topped the qualification by shooting 399 points out of 400, while Liuxi finished second with 398 and Dan was fifth with 397 points.

Iran’s Elaheh Ahmadi, Emamgholinejad and Jambozorg Mahlagha took the silver with a total of 1192 points while the bronze went to Uzbekistan’s Fatkhi Yana, Elena Kuznetsova and Sakina Mamedova with 1182 points.

Earlier, South Korea bagged the first gold medal of the shooting competition when they won the men’s 50m pistol team title. China settled for the silver while Japan took the bronze at the Aoti shooting range.

The South Korean trio of Jin Jong-Oh, Lee Sang-Do and Lee Dae-Myung shocked the fancied Chinese with an overall tally of 1,679 points. China’s Pang Wei, Pu Qifeng and Wu Jing managed 1,671 points, while Japan finished with 1,667 points.

The Indian team comprising Omkar, Amanpreet Singh and Deepak Sharma finished fifth with a score of 1,646. Omkar qualified for the final round with a score of 557.

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