The Indian shooters held a modest start to the ISSF World Cup here on Thursday, as the podium slipped away from the fantasy group linked to the Olympics, including those of teenage sensation Manu Baker and Elavenil Valarivan.
Manu finished seventh in the women’s 10-meter air pistol race with a score of 137.3 in the final, while Elavenil, along with two others, failed to make it to the women’s 10-meter air rifle final.
Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar finished seventh in the men’s 10m air rifle final.
The event is the last competitive outing of the Indian shooting team before the Olympics in Tokyo.
The 20-year-old Aishwari, who finished 628 in the qualifying round, shot a total of 143.9 before being eliminated from the final.
Deepak Kumar (626) and Divyansh Singh Panwar (624.7) failed to make the final, finishing 14th and 25th respectively in the qualifying round.
In another disappointing show, the trio of Anjum Moudgil, Apurvi Chandela and Valarivan failed to enter the finals of the women’s 10-meter air rifle race.
Apurvi had the best result among the three women, finishing in 24th place with a score of 624.2.
While Anjum managed to put 622.3 in 42nd place in qualifying, Elavenil (621.2) also awarded a penalty of two points to protest against a properly scored shot.
The 21-year-old Elavenil, a gold medalist in the Junior World Cup, initially scored a total of 623.2 points to finish in 35th place, but a two-point penalty meant she slipped to 55th.
According to the ISSF rules, if the Jury for Results, Time and Points (RTS) determines that the protesting shot was scored correctly, the shooter will be penalized with two points.
In addition to Manu, the women’s 10m air pistol final included Yashasvini Singh Desual, who finished eighth with 117.1. While Manu finished sixth in the final with a score of 577, Yashasuini was on a level with an effort of 578.
Rahi Sarnobat could not reach the final, finishing in 13th place with a score of 572.
Antoaneta Kostadinova from Bulgaria won the gold in the women’s 10m air pistol with a score of 240.
In the men’s 10m air pistol competition, Abhishek Verma and Saurab Chaudhari qualified for the finals with a score of 581, with the latter placing a step higher in sixth place due to its higher internal number of 10.