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Tokyo Olympics 2021: Shooters Manu Bhaker, Rahi Sarnobat Fail to Qualify Women’s 25m Pistol Finals

Indian shooters started the second series strongly with seven consecutive 10s but lost the rhythm in the last three shots by aiming at 9.

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India’s Manu Bhaker aims at the target during the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team shooting event, at the Summer Olympics 2020, in Tokyo, on July 27, 2021. (PTI Photo/Gurinder Osan)

Tokyo: India’s ace shooters Manu Bhaker and Rahi Sarnobat failed to qualify for the medal event of the women’s 25m pistol, in Tokyo at the Asaka Shooting Range on Friday.

Manu Bhaker amassed 582 (17x) points at an average of 9.700 after shooting 60 shots on the target in both rounds while compatriot Rahi Sarnobat gathered 573 (23x) in the qualifications which in the end was just not good enough to make it to the top-8 players final.

India’s Manu Bhaker removes her name and number sheet after competing in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team shooting event, at the Summer Olympics 2020, in Tokyo, on July 27, 2021. (PTI Photo/Gurinder Osan)

It means the pistol shooters will return home empty-handed for the second straight time at the Olympics.

Bhaker shot 290 in the rapid fire stage of the qualifications for a total of 582, a day after scoring 290 in precision at the Akasa Shooting Range, while the more experienced Sarnobat managed 573 (287+286).

The field comprised 44 shooters in the qualifications.

In the second stage of the qualification — the rapid round – Rahi started with a solid 96.

But all her hopes of qualification vanished when in her second series of the day the 30-year-old aimed at 6 and got 94.

Placed an impressive fifth after the first stage of qualifications, the 19-year-old Bhaker faltered after a promising start, slipping with two 8s and many 9s, numbers that led to her downfall in what has turned out to be a forgettable maiden appearance at the Games.

However, she still remained in the hunt until the 8 in the last series.

In her first event — women’s 10m air pistol — she lost nearly 20 minutes during the qualifications due to a major weapon malfunction and slipped after being in the reckoning at the start.

Partnering Saurabh Chaudhary, Bhaker had a disastrous outing in the mixed 10m air pistol event as the duo failed to qualify for the finals after leading the first phase of qualifying.

In her last event on Friday, from fifth place she dropped out of the top-8 and could not recover from there.

The top-8 shooters in the qualification enter the final.

Sarnobat was placed 25th overnight.

Bhaker was the only Indian shooter who was entered in three events at the Tokyo Games.

(With inputs from ANI and PTI)