Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.
India had a bit of a bittersweet experience in the qualification round of the men’s 10m air rifle event held at the National Shooting Range in Rio. Abhinav Bindra made sure he was not going to bow out of his last Olympic Games at the first hurdle, and qualified for the final round of the event with a 7th ranked finish in the qualification round – scoring a tally of 625.7 points.
Bindra used his experience as he started the qualification round by taking his time to fire. The 2008 Beijing gold medalist shot 104.3 points in his first series which saw him well placed at the 10th spot. However, he could not pull up his socks and scored just 104.4 points in his second series which saw him drop one place to 11th. The Indian rose in the rankings to 3rd as he shot a magnificent 105.9 points in his third series.
His fourth series saw a dip in concentration for the shooter where he obtained 103.8 points, falling to the 5th spot in the rankings. His decline continued as he could only score 102.1 points in his fifth series– taking him to 12th spot. However, the experienced shooter put up a fight to score a 105.2 points in his sixth series – finishing with a tally of 625.7 points at the 7th position.
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