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India get record 15th Olympic quota in shooting

Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar bagged India's 13th Olympic quota in shooting. Mairaj Ahmed and Angad Bajwa earned India's 14th and 15th places. India had 11 shooters at the 2012 Olympics and 12 in Rio 2016.

Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar, 18, reacts after earning India’s 13th Tokyo Olympics quota in shooting with a bronze at the Asian Championship on Sunday (Twitter/OfficialNRAI)

Teenager Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar bagged India’s 13th Olympic quota in shooting with a bronze in men’s 50m rifle 3 positions at the 14th Asian Championship on Sunday, giving the country its best-ever Olympic quota haul.

Later, in the skeet final, Mairaj Ahmed and Angad Bajwa both won quotas for India – giving the country its 14th and 15th berth in Tokyo next year. Angad won gold and Mairaj won silver in a superb 1-2 result for the Indians.

India had 11 shooters at the 2012 London Olympics and 12 in Rio de Janiero in 2016.

The 18-year-old Tomar shot 449.1 in the eight-man final to finish third on the podium behind gold medallist Kim Jonghyun (459.9) of Korea and Chinese Zhonghao Zhao (459.1) at the Lusail Shooting Complex.

He had sailed through to the finals of the event with a score of 1168 in the 120-shot qualifying. There were three quotas on offer in the event.

Mairaj Ahmed and Angad Bajwa earned India’s 14th and 15th quotas in the skeet final a little later. They won silver and gold in the Asian Championship final.

Junior world record holder

In July, the teenager, from Ratanpur village in Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone district, had shot down the men’s rifle 3 positions junior world record on his way to winning gold, helping the country top the medals tally in the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany.

Tomar is the second Indian, after veteran Sanjeev Rajput, to have got a quota place in the 3P event. He is a part of the junior team trained by Suma Shirur.

Hailing from an agricultural family, it was during a camp in Bhopal in 2015 when Tomar was first spotted by coaches.

This is Tomar’s first stint at the senior level, having broken through following a string of strong performances in junior, most notable among them being the junior ISSF World Cup gold with a junior world record to boot.

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(With PTI inputs)

First published on: 10-11-2019 at 05:56:34 pm
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