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.
Gagan Narang started the event on the back foot as he managed 97 points each from his first series and the second series of the kneeling stage. His third series was also disappointing as he fired only 96 points which saw him drop drastically to the 39th spot out of the total 44 shooters. The shooter needed to finish the kneeling stage at a high but the exact opposite happened as Narang got only 93 points from his fourth series – placing him at the 42nd spot with 383 points.
The 33-year old shooter had to show his experience if he had any chance of making it to the final round and he did improve by scoring 99 points in his first series of the prone stage. The second series also saw Narang score 99 points, lifting him up to 36th in the table. The experienced shooter got another 99 points in his third series of the prone stage which was not enough to see him climb in the table. Another 98 points from his fourth and last series of the prone stage saw the shooter occupy his beloved 36th position as he could only manage a total of 395 points out of 400 while his fellow shooters were firing 400 points for fun.
Narang’s journey at Rio 2016 looked over as even a perfect 400 points in the standing stage would not have taken the shooter into the top-8. However, the 33-year old started the first series of the standing stage with 98 points. His improvement could not last much longer as the shooter shot only 93 points from his second standing series which kept him lagging behind at 35th spot. A disappointing end to the Games for Narang saw him shoot another 95 points in vain in his third series. 98 points in his fourth and final series led to the shooter finishing at the 33rd spot overall.
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