Rio De Janeiro: India’s barren run in shooting at the Rio 2016 Olympics continues as shooters Gagan Narang and Chain Singh fail to qualify for the men’s 50m rifle prone final on Friday.
It was the same story for Narang, as it was during 10m air rifle qualifications. The Indian shooter was off to a promising start, rose to third position at one point, but a 103.0 in the fourth series pushed him down the table. This 103.0 came after fine show of 104.7, 104.4 and 104.6 in the first three series. After losing way, the only way back for Narang was by a spectacular finish. That didn’t happen as he could manage another low score of 104.0 and was pushed further down with a 102.4 in the final series. When the other shooters were done with their series, Narang was placed at a disappointing 13th.
The Indian shooter Chain Singh posed no challenge as he too lost way after a 104.1 in the opening series. Disappointing totals of 101.0, 104.4, 102.4, 103.9, 103.8 followed, and Singh, participating in his first Olympics, finished at a miserable 36th.
There is still some participation left for India as Mairaj Ahmad is in the skeet qualifying and Gurpreet Singh in 25m Rapid Fire Pistol qualification. Earlier, Narang had a forgettable outing in the 10m air rifle qualifiers as he failed to progress to the final. Abhinav Bindra did qualify but he missed the medal by 0.5, to end in the fourth position. Whiskery away from a medal.