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Olympics over for shooters Narang, Rajput, Manavjit

Source: PTI
August 06, 2012 20:43 IST
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Indian shooters ended their Olympic campaign on a dismal note as medal contender Gagan Narang and Sanjeev Rajput crashed out of men's 50m rifle 3 positions event in the qualifying stage, while Manavjit Singh Sandhu also failed enter the final in the men's trap on Monday.

Narang, who secured India's first medal in London, a bronze in the men's 10m air rifle event on July 30, performed below par and finished 20th in a field of 41 competitors in the qualification round.

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Rajput ended up a lowly 26th. Only the top eight went through to the medal round.

Manavjit totalled 119 out of a possible 125 with rounds of 24, 24, 22, 25, 24 to finish 16th out of 34 competitors in the men's trap qualification round.

He shot pretty well, except for a 22 in the third round that dented his chances in the end as only the top six shooters advanced to the final.

The shooters, thus, ended their show at the Games with a haul of one silver (Vijay Kumar in 25m Rapid Fire Pistol) and one bronze (Narang).

The 29-year-old Narang fell by the wayside as he totalled 1164 points out of a possible 1200 with rounds of 398 377 and 389 in Prone, Standing and Kneeling, respectively at the Royal Artillery Barracks.

In the Prone category, Narang, who won four gold medals in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, started off brilliantly by shooting 100 in his first round followed by 99 100 and 99 in the next three series for a total of 398 out of 400. However, he went off the boil in the Standing round as he misfired as many as 23 shots to log a poor 97 90 96 94 for a dismal total of 377, which saw him slip down the ladder.

He, however, came up with a slightly better show in the final round, Kneeling position, firing a series of 97, 97, 98, 97 for 389, but it was not good enough to recover lost ground.

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