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Indians miss their last chance for Olympic berths

Rathore, Bhagwat bag medals but miss London slots.

other Updated: Jan 14, 2012 23:15 IST

Athens Games silver-medallist RVS Rathore and former world No 1 Anjali Bhagwat’s dream of qualifying for the 2012 London Olympic Games ended on Saturday despite the duo winning medals in team events in the Asian Shooting Championships in Doha.

Both Rathore, in men’s double-trap, and Anjali, in women’s 10m air rifle, failed to qualify for the final round and finished ninth in the last qualifying tournament for the London Games.

According to information received here, the trio of Rathore (135), Mohammed Asab (135) and Ronjan Sodhi (134) won the team bronze.

Sodhi, who has already booked his Olympic quota, finished a disappointing 14th, while Asab was ninth.

All eyes on Rathore

The focus was on Rathore, who came into the tournament after equalling the world record of 148/150 at the Asian Shotgun Championship in November. But he struggled to adjust to the windy conditions.

Rathore shot 48/50 in the first series that saw him in tied lead, but in the second series, he managed only 41. He needed to shoot 47 in the third round to qualify for the final but fell short by one point to finish with a total of 135/150.

The women’s air rifle team, comprising Anjali, Ayonika Paul and Mampi Das, won silver with a total score of 1185/1200. China won the gold with 1187 while the bronze went to Iran with 1183 points.

JUST SHORT

Anjali and Ayonika came close to qualifying for the final round but lost in tie-shoot to finish ninth and 10th, respectively. The two Indians were among the seven who were tied at 396/400 after the qualification round. Mampi shot 395 to finish 12th.

In junior women’s sports pistol, Surabhi Pathak (565), Aanchal Rana (548) and Oshin Tawani (533) won the team bronze.

The gold and silver medals were won by China and Thailand, respectively.