Rio 2016 Olympics Shooting: After holding out much promise and carrying a big reputation into the shooting arena, shooter Heena Sidhu, 26, disappointed the fans back home by not being able to raise her game when it mattered most and was eliminated on the second day of the Olympic Games in the 10m Air Pistol Women’s Qualification round here today. Her effort was clearly not the best that she was capable of and one wonders whether it had anything to do with the conditions or whether she was not able to focus on the job at hand. Her inability to bring up a meaningful challenge means yet another day that Indian fans will not see a strong charge being made by their athletes towards an Olympic medal.
It was not that she lost, but the fact that she lost very badly. Heena Sidhu was never seriously in the running and slumped behind behind the leaders in the qualifying round, falling as far back as the 14th position and eventually finishing in that spot (she had achieved the 12th at the London Olympics, 2012 and this performance is below that one) – there were 44 shooters competing against each other in this event – she managed to shoot an overall 380 that included 13x. In comparison, the winner Russia’s Vitalina Batsarashkina scored 390 pts, including 14x.
Heena has the quality to excel in the game as is clear from her silver winning performance at the Guangzhou Asian Games 2010 not to forget her amazing 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medal. And hopefully, she will be able to bring the best of herself into play as it is still not curtains for her at the Olympics as she will compete in 25m pistol on August 9.
Heena had a horror start and after that it was all downhill. She did not seem to have the power of concentration to egg herself into a fightback and improve her ranking by doing better than the rest. It reveals a chink in her armour that rivals can take advantage of. Heena was the 4th shooter to be eliminated on day 2.
The poor start gave Heena a 94 in the first series that she was able to raise only to 95 in the second series and was muscled out to the 26th spot. She did not return strong for her other tries and managed to score a disappointing 96 and 95 over the third and fourth series. She had to exit much sooner than anyone had expected, least of all Heena. Leading up to the event, Heena had looked focussed and confident, but what happened in the arena is not easily explainable.