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Jitu Rai, Prakash Nanjappa fail to qualify for 50m Pistol Final: As it happened

Jitu Rai and Prakash Nanjappa both failed to qualify for the Men's 50m Pistol event with ranking of 12th and 25th respectively.

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Jitu Rai considers 50m Pistol as his preferred event but failed to qualify for the Final with a poor final series. (Source: PTI)

Jitu Rai failed to qualify for the 50m Pistol event after posting a miserable 89 in the final series to bow out of the top-8 and lose out in contention to progress in an event he has won medals in the past. In the third series too, he shot an 89 to drop in the rankings but recovered with a 94 and 95.

The disappointment was further felt with Prakash Nanjappa failing to make a mark on his Olympic debut. After a poor start of 85 in the first series, he was always playing catch up and could only finish 25th in the end for what continued India’s terrible showing in the shooting range.

As it happened, Rio 2016 Olympics:

1900 hrs IST: Jitu Rai with a miserable 88 in the fifth series and he finishes 12th. Fails to qualify for the Final!

1851 hrs IST: Prakash Nanjapa with a 93 in the fourth series. He’s 31st at the moment

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1849 hrs IST: Jitu Rai with a splendid 95 in the fifth series. He’s fifth and likely to qualify

1847 hrs IST: Jitu Rai with 85/90 in the fifth series.

1844 hrs IST: Jitu Rai with 66/70 in the fifth series. He’s fifth now. Combined of 446-8x

1840 hrs IST: Jitu with a 29/30 in the fifth series. He’s sixth and will qualify if this stays

1836 hrs IST: Jitu Rai with a 94 in the fourth series. He’s up to sixth now

1834 hrs IST: Prakash posts a 91 in the third series but he’s still at a poor 39th

1829 hrs IST: Jitu with a 57/60 in the fourth series. And he’s up to sixth. Prakash meanwhile is 62/70 in the third series to still be 40th

1823 hrs IST: Jitu Rai with a 90 in the third series to stand 10th. Still narrowly outside the qualifying places

1819 hrs IST: Prakash posts a 90 in the second series. He’s in 40th place now

1815 hrs IST: Poor eighth shot for Nanjappa. He’s got 73/80 in this second series.

1813 hrs IST: Jitu with a poor third series so far. 44/50 in this. He’s dropped to 10th

1809 hrs IST: Prakash with a good performance so far in the second series. 39/40 and up to 37th

1808 hrs IST: Jitu Rai with a 95 in the second series and he’s fifth at the moment

1805 hrs IST: Jitu Rai with a 76 in the second series so far and he’s climbed to fifth

1758 hrs IST: Expect low scores

1756 hrs IST: Nerves maybe for Prakash as he’s posted 85 in the first series to sit bottom

1750 hrs IST: Jitu Rai posts 92 in the first series. Prakash has a 61 so far. Only 1x for Jitu in that first series. The leader with a score of 97

1737 hrs IST: Jitu Rai with a nine on his third shot

1736 hrs IST: Prakash Nanjappa with a slow start. He’s 15 after first two shots

1733 hrs IST: Jitu Rai starts with a perfect 10 in his qualifier and a nine on the second shot

1730 hrs IST: The qualifier is underway! Jitu Rai wearing bib 23 and Prakash Nanjappa with bib 19 are in the lanes but yet to post a score

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Jitu Rai is like a diamond, says Pistol coach Smirnov Pavel

Armyman Jitu Rai will be in action when he competes in the much-anticipated 50m men’s pistol event. (Source: PTI)

Indian shooters may have drawn a blank so far but pistol chief coach Smirnov Pavel compared Jitu Rai with a diamond and said he is ready to shine at the Rio Olympics.

Among the 12-member shooting contingent, only Abhinav Bindra came within striking distance of winning a medal in the 10m air rifle, before the Beijing Games gold winner lost in a closely-fought shoot-off to finish fourth.

“I can only talk about Jitu and he’s ready. To me Jitu Rai is a diamond,” Pavel told PTI at the dry firing range of the Olympic shooting centre in Deodoro on the eve of the Armyman’s much-anticipated 50m men’s pistol event.

“He has the technique and the temperament that’s needed at this stage. It’s about dealing them with emotion at the final tomorrow,” he said.

“You have to find the right kind of diamond after constant digging, and once you get it you’ve to hone it to perfection. You just can’t bring someone from the street and shine him like a diamond.”

Jitu Rai finishes 8th in men’s 10m air pistol final; Hoang Xuan Vinh gives Vietnam first Olympics gold

Jitu Rai will now compete at the men’s 50m air pistol event. (Source: PTI)

It was a heartbreak for India in the men’s 10m air pistol final after Jitu Rai finished eighth in the field of eight shooters with a score of 78.7 at the end of the elimination round.

Jitu had qualified for the final finishing sixth in the qualifying event and raised the hopes of India’s first medal at the Rio Games. He will now compete at the men’s 50m air pistol event later this week.

It was a tough final for Jitu as he began with some bad shots with first three being below the 10-mark. His last shot was 10.1 but that was not enough to save him from elimination.

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The gold was won by Vitenam’s Hoang Xuan Vinh. He finished ahead of Brazil’s Felipe Almeida who was leading until a brilliant final shot by Vinh. The bronze was won by China.