Updated: August 8, 2016 11:35:34 pm
Abhinav Bindra’s final Olympics finished in the most agonising manner when the Indian shooter lost out in a shootout after both him and Serhiy Kulish of Ukraine were tied at 163.8 after seven series of shots.
Bindra had shot 29.9, 30.2, 21.1, 21.5, 20.8, 20.2 and 20.1 in his first seven series of shots. In the shootout, he scored a 10.0 while that of Kulish was 10.5.
Earlier, Abhinav Bindra left it late to qualify for the Final in the 10m air rifle event. He continued to remain in the top 8 after the first two series but then dropped to outside the top 10 when he shot 102.1 in the fifth series. But he shot 10.8 thrice in the final five shots to save his blushes.
That got even worse in the fifth series with 101.6. Bindra on his part made good of a miserable fifth series score of 102.1 to regain his place in the top-8 with a remarkable final series. A medal is there for the taking if Bindra sustains the start he got in the qualifying stages.
India’s shooting woes continue as after three days of action, only two shooters have reached the finals while none have managed to win a medal. Bindra and Jitu Rai are the only finalists while Gagan Narang, Heena Sidhu, Apurvi Chandela, Ayonika Paul, Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Kynan Chenai didn’t progress further.
Hopes, as of now, rest on Jitu Rai who would compete in the 50m air pistol event later in the week. His 10m qualification was an added bonus and it’s the 50m event where he has enjoyed success wherever he has participated. With major medals in his kitty, Jitu would hope to add the Olympic medal to his cabinet.
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