Tokyo Olympics: Indian shooters disappoint as Elavenil, Apurvi fail to qualify in 10m air rifle final
The Day 1 of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics saw the Indians in shooting action. However, they produced a disappointing result as Elavenil Valarivan and Apurvi Chandela failed to book their final berth in the 10m air rifle final.
The Tokyo Olympics 2020 saw Day 1 action get underway from Saturday, as the Indian shooters were in motion. In the women's section, we saw disappointment as Elavenil Valarivan and Apurvi Chandela failed to qualify in the final round of the 10m air rifle.
Elavenil, who was making her Olympics debut, scored 626.5 following six series of ten shots each, finishing 16th. At the same time, Apurvi finished 36th, scoring 621.9. The latter had an unfavourable second series, while the former did well in the second, scoring a perfect 10.9. Meanwhile, Elavenil struggled in the final two rounds, shooting just a couple of nines.
It was the first time that Indian women had secured Olympic quotas in the event. This time, the event had the most extensive set of qualifiers, with 50 shooters. The final eight shooters to have qualified are (based on qualification ranking): Jeanette Hegg Duestad (Norway), Park Heemoon (South Korea), Mary Carolynn Tucker (USA), Kwon Eunji (South Korea), Oceanne Muller (France), Yang Qian (China), Nina Christen (Switzerland) and Anastasiia Galashina (ROC).
As for the event, 60 shots are fired in the qualifiers within 75 minutes, using a 0.177 inches calibre air rifle. A score of 630-plus is ideally considered good enough to make it to the final eight.
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