Vijay Kumar, Gagan Narang bright spots in quiet year for shooters
There were huge expectations from the Indians even before they left for the British capital but the hype, perhaps, was a trifle misplaced as the biggest ever shooting contingent returned with just a silver and a bronze.
The unassuming Vijay provided the shooting squad with a silver lining when he clinched the white metal in the 25-metre rapid-fire pistol event, a few days before the mercurial Narang bagged a bronze medal in the 10-metre air rifle showpiece.
But Abhinav Bindra failed to reproduce the form that saw him win India's first individual Olympic gold medal, in the Beijing Games four years ago.
The reserved rifleman from Zirakpur, Punjab could not even qualify for the final of his event – the 10-metre air rifle.
The biggest letdown, however, has been Ronjan Sodhi. The world record holder and a former number world number one failed to live upto the expectations when he crashed out of the qualifiers of the double trap event.
Sodhi's failure was a bitter pill to swallow considering the success he enjoyed over the past few years at top world level events, especially the Asian Games and the ISSF World Cups.
However, barely a month and a half later, leaving behind the London disappointment, Sodhi won a silver medal at the ISSF World Cup in Slovania.
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