India’s dismal show in shooting at Rio 2016 Olympics continued as Chain Singh and Gagan Narang were failed to qualify for 50m Rifle 3 positions. Chain Singh showed a bit of hope when the Indian marched into top six but was soon dropped down. Chain Singh score a total of 380 in the Standing round and was placed 24 eventually with 1169 points. Gagan Narang scored 384 in Standing stage and he was finally placed at 33 rank with a total of 1162 points.
As it happened
# Chain Singh, Gagan Narang fail to qualify for 50m rifle 3 positions
#Chain Singh is losing his rhythm… Drops to 16 with 285 points
# looking upon Gagan Narang, he hasn’t been able to cope up with that struggling show… Narang at 36th slot
#A bit of a dip in the rankings for Chain Singh… he moves to 10th spot now with a tally of 95 points in the first round of Standing stage
#Keep adding to that tally as Chain Singh moves to 5th rank and 86 points
#Chain Singh is back in the business and gets 38 to stay number 7 in the rankings
# Gagan Narang is at the Standing stage with score of 60… But he’s still struggling at 30th rank
#Chain Singh has got a terrific chance of qualifying this stage… Standing stage still left… To give a thought, he got a perfect 100 once in the Prone stage
#Gagan Narang is placed 37 with 395 sub total in Prone
# Chain Singh moves into top 8 now… He’s surely having some good time with 350 points in Prone
#Chain Singh has got 100 apiece in first two rounds while Gagan Narang gets 99, 99
# Chain Singh improves his rankings just as he starts the quest in Prone stage… He has so far scored a 100 and a 90 with a sub-total of 190
# Both Gagan and Chain have got a dip in their rankings just as the Prone stage starts… Chain Singh is at 21 and Gagan at 42 presently
# Though, Chain Singh is looking good, we have Sergey at the helm of the list so far
# Chain Singh ranks 19th at the end of Kneeling stage with 371 as sub-total while Gagan Narang is at 40 with a total of 336
# So we have Gagan Narang in action after Chain Singh was placed at 20 in Kneeling series
#98, 95, 99… That’s the sub total readings for Chain Singh so far in the first three series
# Gagan Narang moves to 318 as a sub total scoring 28 in the fourth series so far
# Chain Singh moves to a sub-total of 312 as he has scored 20 points in the fourth series
# At stage of kneeling, Chain Singh’s present total is 282, Gagan Narang is 261
For once, the winds weren’t ominous. He’s a little more phlegmatic than Rahul Dravid – if that’s possible – but Gagan Narang would’ve woken up to the rainy, windy dawn outside his Games Village window and smiled a little, like Dravid might have, staring down a bouncy pitch, with the ball moving like spitfires.
Windy was challenging, but windy was good. Windy was what Gagan Narang had grown up mastering, windy was right up his stormy alley, windy meant he could summon his considerable experience and technical prowess.
Considered India’s most talented shooter who read conditions on the range like gentle beasts sniffed out infrasonic hertz, Gagan Narang was prepared for the winds.
But he didn’t regain his rhythm for the last five shots and crashed out on 623.1. He’d seen the comfortable perch of 4th, but things never really settle in shooting until the last shot and he would hang on desperately to the top-8 and then drop down, with a resurgence never kicking in, as it ought to have for the pro.
It was tired triggering towards the end of the sixth series, and India couldn’t qualify for yet another final. The wait for the medal wasn’t going to end at Narang’s door.
Gagan Narang loves his craft, understands guns, and reads conditions better than most. Those little red flags you see fluttering – Narang’s shooting has an in-built anemometer, a sort of a shooter’s sixth sense when competing on the outdoor 50 m range.
Not that indoor ranges are easy to tame, but outdoor ones simply throw in challenges that demand added experience. Gagan Narang wasn’t short on experience having medalled in recent years in 50m prone. His advantage was that he could adjust to the unhelpful conditions.
But a routine break in the last series saw him return to start with a 9.5. This wasn’t a dramatic meltdown from the up-and-down winds – just flat, low-intense shooting that didn’t get the job done.
Lanes 15 to 35 would record marginally better scores; Narang was in No 52, and though it demanded absolute focus and improvisation, and Narang had his chances, he couldn’t finish the work.
There were other big names that went out too – Yifei Cao, Peter Sidi, Oleh Sarkov, Warren Potent.
The left elbow that steadies the gun, could be said to have let him down, as the triggering (finding the exact time to shoot figuring in conditions and alignment) failed this day, ending India’s medal hopes in prone.
Narang who medalled in 10 m air rifle to kickstart medals at London, couldn’t work the same magic or crack the level of efficiency this time around.
In its first week, India remains medal-less and miserable.
While serious medal hopes – Abhinav Bindra and Jitu Rai have maxed out reaching finals, archers have gone out despite a month-long prep stay in Rio and almost driving them out into isolation. Yet, doubts remain on their mental preparedness for the precision events, as well as peak physical fitness for both shooters and archers. A strong body aids concentration, keeps mental fatigue at bay, and as such not all Indians have been known to be in top shape going into Rio.
India’s other big man, discus dude, Vikas Gowda also ended with a whimper, and Shiva Thapa – considered a big medal hope, before the draw pit him against the Cuban champ, went down with much of a fightback. Men’s doubles pairing of Leander Paes – Rohan Bopanna couldn’t do much, and it meant it’s down to Yogeshwar Dutt and Saina Nehwal among the former medallists to step up.
While introspections will resume in India among the two federations of shooting and archery, what is immediately evident is that Indians aren’t responding in the best manners possible to pressure situations. And the solutions are as much psychological as they are technical.
There is urgent need for top-grade international coaches to help the markspeople to deal with various situations, and Indians ought to start preparing in earnest for cold climes and the assorted challenges that brings in.
The mood in Rio for the Indian contingent has been quite gloomy, and it’s not just the overcast conditions and clouds drooping low over SugarLoaf and the hills that hulk over the city. Shooting has been India’s form sport for three Olympics now, and India’s staring at a rout.
Archery, riding on Deepika Kumari, raises hopes, but hasn’t struck the medal in two straight Games now. Boxing is in a mess at a time when rule changes have altered the sport at Olympics, and wrestling and tennis have gone through such bruising lead-ups that noone’s gotten down to scrunching the medal figures.
The last time India returned without a single medal was 1992. Leander Paes played his 7th Olympics, but sadly there’s no medals for longevity alone. There are winds, there’s no change though.
Mairaj on 10th after round 1
Mairaj Khan shot impressive rounds of 24, 25 and 23 to finish first day of qualifying in skeet at 10th position. Mairaj is the first Indian shooter to participate in the skeet event at the Olympics. The score of 23 in the third series pegged him back a bit but he firmly remains in contention for the semifinals if he marginally improves on his scores during the second qualifying round on Saturday. The semifinals and medal rounds too will be held on Saturday.
India’s barren run in shooting at the Rio 2016 Olympics continues as shooters Gagan Narang and Chain Singh fail to qualify for the men’s 50m rifle prone final on Friday.
It was the same story for Narang, as it was during 10m air rifle qualifications. The Indian shooter was off to a promising start, rose to third position at one point, but a 103.0 in the fourth series pushed him down the table. This 103.0 came after fine show of 104.7, 104.4 and 104.6 in the first three series.
After losing way, the only way back for Narang was by a spectacular finish. That didn’t happen as he could manage another low score of 104.0 and was pushed further down with a 102.4 in the final series. When the other shooters were done with their series, Narang was placed at a disappointing 13th.
The Indian shooter Chain Singh posed no challenge as he too lost way after a 104.1 in the opening series. Disappointing totals of 101.0, 104.4, 102.4, 103.9, 103.8 followed, and Singh, participating in his first Olympics, finished at a miserable 36th.
There is still some participation left for India as Mairaj Ahmad is in the skeet qualifying and Gurpreet Singh in 25m Rapid Fire Pistol qualification.
Earlier, Narang had a forgettable outing in the 10m air rifle qualifiers as he failed to progress to the final. Abhinav Bindra did qualify but he missed the medal by 0.5, to end in the fourth position. Whiskery away from a medal.