Rio 2016 Olympics shooting: Top Indian shooters Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang were seen in action at the Rio 2016 Olympics. This is day 3 and as far as the Indian shooting contingent is concerned things have not gone at all well...
Rio 2016 Olympics shooting: Top Indian shooters Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang were seen in action at the Rio 2016 Olympics. This is day 3 and as far as the Indian shooting contingent is concerned things have not gone at all well with Heena Sidhu eliminated and Manavjit Singh an Kynan Chenai in big trouble as they have not been able to force their way into the top 5 spots on Sunday. Things got progressively worse as the day went on. Expectations were huge from the experienced duo of Bindra and Narang. And the foremost expectation is that they not just do well, they exceed expectations and actually land India a crucial medal, preferably of the yellow metal kind. At the close, as far as Bindra is concerned, he did well enough. Narang, not at all. In fact, as the responsibility came on the shoulders of Abhinav Bindra (2008) Beijing medallist and Gagan Narang (2012) London Olympic Games medallists, the former almost flowered under the pressure, while the later wilted.
Both the shooters had the fight of their life on hand. The opponents were experienced and tough. Some have them have gone on to the highest echelons of the sport and landed medals at various meets world over – but so have the Indian duo. However, it all ended in a huge heartbreak eventually for the Indian fans and the sportsmen themselves. Here is a blow by blow account:
Check out the Rio Olympics action as it happened:
* India bids goodbye to this stout-hearted fighter as he will not be appearing for his country again
* The Indian shooter unable to keep his high standards, is eliminated from a medal winning position – so close and yet so far
* Bindra ends up in an agonising 4th spot
* Bindra misses, needs a miracle here; none coming, hits 10. It was a good shot. But he needed a great one; loses by .5 margin; despair writ large on Bindra’s face; Kulish exults as he should, he just shot himself down a medal
* Good shooting by Kulish, manages to hit as high as 10.5
* The tie will be broken by a shootout, Bindra has to hold onto his nerves; must steel himself for a super-human effort
* By the way, even as Abhinav Bindra headed to a nail-biting finish, Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Kynan Chenai were eliminated
* Some light at the end of tunnel, Bindra and Kulish fight themselves into a tie
* Bindra unable to fightback, high-scoring shots not coming now, concentration ebbing; forget gold and silver, even bronze medal looks lijke it is out of India’s grasp
* More pain for Bindra; his position under onslaught, slips as far back as 4th spot
* Unable to improve Bindra is pushed back to 3rd spot by surging rivals
* Sensational Bindra goes even better, on verge of a spectacular outing, moves to second spot at 113.4; 2 amazing shots bring him to this position
* Abhinav moves further up as his performance improves, rises as high as third; he is a tough competitor and must be giving his rivals the jitters; has a score of score of 102.7
* Abhinav Bindra raises his game, scores 81.2 with a spectacular 10.8 in the mix
* The business end of the event on hand, every 2nd shot will eliminate a contender
* Abhinav effects surprise turnaround, scores 70.8, reaches 4th spot
* Abhinav Bindra messes up his start, ranked 7th with 60.1 score
* Abhinav Bindra with first 4 shots hits two 9s; must keep improving or he will be left too far behind to make up
* Abhinav Bindra scores 29.9, but is in 5th position
* Abhinav Bindra back in action again
* Opening round starts
* Manavjit Singh Sandhu jumps to 7th spot; Kynan Chennai a distant 19th
* Manavjit picks from where he left off on Sunday; must be feeling very confident today, at least much better than yesterday; in fourth round, scores perfect 25
* Abhinav Bindra posts 10.4 in his final shot, qualifies in 7th spot after a review; brings glory to India
* Misery for Gagan Narang as the shooter manages to score 104.8 in final series – fails to qualify. Heartbreak for the Indian.
* Situation tight for Indian shooters as they have fallen out of the top 8 positions. For Gagan Narang, it looks like curtains; hope floats for Abhinav Bindra
* Abhinav Bindra records 102.1 in 5th series and is ranked at a lowly 12th.
* Starting off from where he left off on Sunday in trap shooting qualifiers, Kynan Chenai starts fourth round. Manavjit Singh Sandhu waits
* Gagan Narang has a 101.6 and is at a dismal 29th. The shooter has just not been able to get going. Totally unsteady performance.
* Abhinav Bindra scores a 102.1 in fifth series and is lying in 12th spot, but has to raise his game a couple of levels to compete with the others at the top.
* Gagan Narang posts 101.6 and is ranked 29th; the field looks to be too strong for the Indian shooter to cope with. This is sad as he had made a good start but dropped back.
* Abhinav Bindra has posted 103.8 in the fourth series to stands fifth
* Gagan Narang has had a forgettable experience since the second series
* Abhinav Bindra has raced to second spot after third series with score of 105.9.
* Gagan Narang posts 102.1 and therefore drops to 19th
* Abhinav Bindra leaves Gagan Narang in his wake in the third series.
* Gagan Narang posts 104.5 in the second series to take 2nd spot
* Abhinav Bindra scores 104.4 to and drops to 11th spot
* As things in the competition stand the rivalry will be between Narang and Bindra in this event