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Russia's Batsarashkina wins women's 10 metre pistol gold

July 25, 2021 09:22 IST
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Gold medallist Vitalina Batsarashkina of the Russian Olympic Committee celebrates with silver medallist Antoaneta Boneva of Bulgaria and bronze medallist Jiang Ranxin of China after winning the women's 10m Air Pistol event at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday.

IMAGE: Gold medallist Vitalina Batsarashkina of the Russian Olympic Committee celebrates with silver medallist Antoaneta Boneva of Bulgaria and bronze medallist Jiang Ranxin of China after winning the women's 10m Air Pistol event at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday. Photograph: Ann Wang/Reuters

Vitalina Batsarashkina of the Russian Olympic Committee won the gold medal in women's 10-metre pistol event at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday.

Bulgaria's Antoaneta Kostadinova won the silver at the Asaka Shooting Range while the bronze went to Jiang Ranxin of China.

 

India's Manu Bhaker and Yashaswini Singh Deswal failed to make the final. The 19-year-old Bhaker, ranked No. 2, was done in by a technical glitch involving her gun after an impressive start saw her take one of the places in the top eight.

Yashaswini shot her way back into contention with a 98 in the second series, including scoring five 10s in the second part, after a subdued start. But she was not consistent enough to challenge the top guns, bowing out in 13th place with scores of 94, 98, 94, 97, 96 and 95 for an aggregate of 574.

Russian athletes are competing under the flag of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) at the Tokyo Olympics this year as part of sanctions for several doping scandals.

Jiang topped the qualifying rounds with an Olympic record of 587 but Kostadinova looked primed for the gold after grabbing an early lead in the final.

With Batsarashkina hot on her heels, Kostadinova eventually succumbed to the pressure and managed a lowly nine, her lowest score, in her final shot.

Batsarashkina fired 10.4 to pip the Bulgarian to the gold.

Former Olympic champion Olena Kostevych of Ukraine finished fourth, while Rio 25 metre pistol champion Anna Korakaki of Greece came sixth.

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