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Annu Raj Singh seals Olympic berth with silver in World Cup

Last updated on: May 17, 2011 17:18 IST

Annu Raj Singh became the fifth Indian shooter to book a berth in next year's London Olympics after clinching the 10m Air Pistol silver medal at the ongoing ISSF World Cup in Fort Benning, USA. 

Annu, who had never won a World Cup medal before, qualified for the final with 389 points, tied with eventual gold-medallist Olena Kostevych of Ukraine. 

The 27-year old shooter ended up second overall with a total score of 486.6 points, after scoring 97.6 points in the final. 

Annu Raj Singh (left) with gold medal winner Olena Kostevych of Ukraine (centre) and bronze medallist Celine Goberville of France.The bronze medal went to 2011 European Champion Celine Goberville of France, who closed with a score of 486.3 (388+98.3) -– just 0.3 points away from the silver medal. 

Annu shot an impressive 389 in the qualifying round and was placed second. She then shot 97.6 in the final round for a total score of 486.6. It is also her personal best score and came against all the world's top pistol shooters.

Ranked 33rd in the world before the final, Annu joins rifle shooters Ronjan Sodhi, Gagan Narang, Hari Om Singh and Sanjeev Rajput, who all have secured quota places for the London Olympics. 

More than 600 athletes from 70 countries are participating in the third ISSF Rifle and Pistol World Cup stage of the year.

Supported by Olympic Gold Quest, Annu is the first Indian pistol shooter to qualify for the London Games after Monday's silver medal win

The Haryana girl won the gold medal in 10m Air Pistol Pairs event at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi last year.

Olympic Gold Quest had provided Annu a new world class pistol and ammunition.

She is the third shooter supported by OGQ, after Gagan Narang and Sanjeev Rajput, to win an Olympic quota for India.

Image: Annu Raj Singh (left) with gold medal winner Olena Kostevych of Ukraine (centre) and bronze medallist Celine Goberville of France.

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