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Flop show by Anjali and Co. in rifle prone event

The 2002 Commonwealth Games four-gold winner, performed dismally in the 50-m air rifle event.

india Updated: Dec 05, 2006 14:01 IST

Star markswoman Anjali Bhagwat turned in a flop show on a bad day for Indian shooters at the Asian Games in Doha on Monday after two relatively fruitful days at the windy Lusail range.

Anjali, the one-time icon of Indian shooting, performed dismally in the 50-m air rifle prone event for women by ending up a lowly 21st with a modest average score of 9.650 and thus ended her outing in the quadrennial extravaganza without a medal.

The 2002 Commonwealth Games four-gold winner, recipient of India's highest sports honour - Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award - in 2003, was unable to focus her sight on the target and was the poorest among the Indian women performers in the event.

Anjali was a flop at the Asian Games four years ago at Busan managing to bag a lone silver as part of the 10-m air rifle team after her four-gold haul at the Manchester Commonwealth Games had raised false visions that she would rule the Pan-Asian Games too.

The 37-year-old Maharashtra shooter had managed a lone pairs gold medal with Anuja Jung in 50-m rifle 3-position at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in March perhaps an indication that her best days are behind her.

Her lesser known teammate - youngster Tejaswini Sawant - was the best of the women's trio and came up with an average score of 9.683 (98, 98, 96, 97) in the four rounds to be placed 15th while the third Indian woman in the fray - Deepali Deshpande - also finished a rung above Anjali at 20th.

First Published: Dec 05, 2006 14:01 IST