Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.
Indian shooters Gagan Narang and Chain Singh failed to book their place in the final round of the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions event held at the Olympic Shooting Centre in Rio De Janeiro. The former ended up at the 33rd spot with a tally of 1162 points from his qualification round whereas the latter managed a tally of 1169 points to finish at the 23rd position which was not enough to secure them a place in the final round.
It was Chain Singh who started the event for India as he shot impressively in his first series of the kneeling stage with 98 points. However, his second of the four series in the kneeling position saw him accumulate a poor 95 points which took him to the 37th spot in the rankings. But the third series for the shooter was great as he fired 99 points taking him to the 20th spot. Chain continued his good form and scored another 99 points to finish the kneeling stage with a tally of 391 points at the 20th spot.
The 27-year old needed another great performance from the prone stage if he had to qualify for the final round. He showed signs of determination as he started the prone stage with a perfect 100 points in his first series. The shooter had finally started hitting well as he struck another perfect 100 in his second series of the prone stage, placing him at the 16th spot in the rankings. Singh turned on the heat as he shot another 100 points in his third series, which saw him climb up to the 11th position in the table. It was some great accurate shooting from the Indian and he continued his form in his fourth series as he scored 98 points. The shooter ended the prone stage with an impressive 398 points out of 400 and occupied the 10th spot in the rankings.
Chain needed another top performance in the standing stage if he had to qualify for the final round. The shooter could not continue his stunning form as he fired a total of 95 and 94 points from his first two series of standing stage, which saw him drop to 12th spot in the rankings. His drop in points cost the shooter a spot in the final round as he scored 96 points from his third series, bringing him down to the 16th spot. Even a perfect 100 in the last series would see Chain getting eliminated in what was an inspiring event for the 27-year old. He saw himself drop tremendously in the fourth and last series with a score of only 95 points to finish at the 23rd spot in the table.
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