Rio 2016 Olympics Shooting: With day 1 not proving to be very fruitful for India in all respects except of course the fact that the Indian hockey team managed to beat Ireland 3:2 and that too they did not look like they will emerge likely medal winners. Aside from that, from Jitu Rai in shooting (air pistol) to Leander Paes and Sania Mirza (tennis), the news was bad. However, a new day has dawned and today much is expected from our shooting team, which is experienced and has done well on the international stage. We are of course talking about Heena Sidhu in the 10m air pistol – her exploits are already legend, but more, much more is expected from her. She is young and ambitious and surely Rio Olympics will just go and burnish her standing in the world of shooting
On the other hand Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Kynan Chenai are to step out for the Trap qualifiers. Hopefully, they will not let the disappointment of day 1 in the shooting arena by their team-members play on their minds. They have to focus their minds on the job at hand and not worry about the past. They are playing for the pride of their country and they need to pump themselves up for a super-human effort to put up a meaningful resistance against the rivals and try tp put themselves in medal winning positions. Every superb effort that will lead to a medal will fill the entire country with pride.
Background: One of the brightest medal hopes for India Jitu Rai finished 8th in the men’s 10 metre Air Pistol event on Saturday; Apurvi Chandela, who too was eliminated in the 10 metre air rifle competition for women here at the Olympic Shooting Centre said this in her reaction to the disappointment, “I don’t know what happened, my mind has totally gone blank.”
Here are the live scores and updates as they happen at the event:
* On the top in this event is Italy’s Fabbrizi Massimo having scored a record 75 in the two rounds, while the Indian challenge is fizzling out gradually
* Great Britain’s Ling Edward and Italian Pellielo Giovanniare placed in second and third positions having shot 73 each
* Both the Indian shooters will be back for the next round on Monday for the second day of qualification. Each shooter gets two rounds and 25 targets.
Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Kynan Chenai have pushed themselves into a corner. They are placed at a lowly 17th and 19th spots in Men’s Trap qualification event on day 2.
In the three rounds, Sandhu and Chenai shot scores of 68 and 67. Sandhu scores 23, 23, 22;
Kynan Chenai posted 22, 23, 22 in the three rounds.
* The shooters will have a lot to think about their performances going forward as the event spans 2 days. The Indian players will be wondering why they have not been able to do better than their current levels. They have promised so much and delivering on that would be the real icing on the cake, but for the moment, all the hard work is ahead. Unfortunately, they have surrendered the initiative and would be left at the mercy of other people’s performance. If they had started much better they would have held their fate in their own hands. Now, they will be hoping against hope that their rivals don’t do so well. A total of 33 players have participated on the first day of the shooting event and each athlete is allowed to take 75 shots.
* Manavjit Sandhu reached the 14th after scoring 56.
* Manavjit fires a 22 in 3rd round
* Sandhu fails to up his game and falls to 26th position.
* Kynan fails to find concentration and falls as low as 28th.
* Sandhu improves to third after ramping-up his game
* Manavjit Singh Sandhu enters the shooting arena and scored 8 to be in 4th spot
* Also in the shooting range is India’s Kynan Chenai in the trap event – he scores 22 in first round
* Heena Sidhu, 26, Guangzhou Asian Games 2010 silver medallist managed to shoot an overall 380 that included 13x.
* The topper in the event was Russian team’s Vitalina Batsarashkina. Vitalina topped the qualification round after she scored 390 pts that also included 14x.
* Heena Sidhu still has another shot at glory in the 25m pistol event that will be held on August 9.
* The clock stops for Heena Sidhu. She is eliminated, does not manage to reach the final in 10m air pistol event
* Heena Sidhu scores 95 in the 4th series to to jump to 14th; must be rueing her fate as she could have done so much better
* Heena Sidhu gets a 96 on the scoresheet in the third series
* Heena Sidhu shows no improvement as she gets a very disappointing 67 after first seven shots in the third series. The writing is certainly on the wall for this Indian shooter.
* Heena is gradually succumbing, her ability to focus is deserting her in the face of the opposition’s onslaught. WIth teh second series ended, Heena has a score of 95 and is on teh 29th spot.
* Heena scores 57 points from six shots and has fallen as low as 28th spot. Quite disappointing as she has not been able to take her game to the next level.
* Heena scores 38 from 4 shots in the second series. Must improve to stand a chance against the stiff opposition to make it further in the qualifying round.
* The first series ends with Heena’s score reading 94.
* Heena races to a score of 38 after taking 3 shots in the first series.
* Heena at Rio 2016 Olympics: In the first series, the Indian shooter starts with a sensational 10. This is great as it will go a long way in taking her to the finals – only the top 8 will qualify.
* SHOOTING: # 5.30 pm : Heena Sidhu (10m air pistol); Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Kynan Chenai (trap) – All times IST.