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ISSF World Cup Shooting: Jitu Rai fails to make cut for 10m air pistol final

Jitu Rai wasn’t impressive in the 10m air pistol qualification, scoring 572 and finished ninth in the field of ten shooters, at the ISSF World Cup Shooting Final in New Delhi on Thursday. On the other hand, Japan’s Tomayuki Matsuda claimed his first-ever ISSF World Cup Final Gold in the men’s 10m Air Pistol event.

other sports Updated: Oct 26, 2017 21:58 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
New Delhi
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Jitu Rai failed to make the cut for the 10m air pistol final in the ISSF World Cup Shooting Final in New Delhi on Thursday.(AFP file photo)

India’s poster boy in shooting — Jitu Rai, failed to qualify for the final of the men’s 10m air pistol event of the World Cup Final here at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Ranges on Thursday. On the other hand, Japan’s Tomayuki Matsuda clinched his first-ever ISSF World Cup Final Gold in the men’s 10m Air Pistol event.

After winning gold in the 10m mixed team event on the opening day of the global competition, the Army shooter had lined up for another medal round. However, he wasn’t impressive in the qualification, scoring 572 to finish ninth among 10 shooters. Top eight enter the final.

As usual, Rai took his time to settle down, scoring 94 in the opening 10-shot series. He improved his scores in the following three 10-shot series---96, 96 and 97. However, he erred in the last two series, shooting 95 and 94 to bow out of the competition.

Even Rio Olympic champion Vinh Xuan Hoang missed the cut. He looked out of form and shot 568 in the qualification.

Japanese shooter Tomoyuki Matsuda, the eventual champion, too struggled, but managed to shoot 573 and was the eighth shooter to make the cut. Matsuda then outclassed seven others to win the title.

(Read | Celine Goberville of France wins women’s 10m air pistol title at ISSF World Cup Final)

“I wasn’t able to adjust in the qualification round. But there was a break before the final which helped me regroup myself. I was feeling refreshed and ready to go,” Matsuda told Hindustan Times after winning the title.

In fact, he was on the verge of elimination in the final at one point in time --- from second in the initial stages, he slipped to fifth.

However, he got into lead with a couple of good shots.

The Ukraine duo of Oleh Omelchuk and Pavlo Korostylov challenged him seriously. Omelchuk settled for bronze with a score of 218.8 but

Korostylov and Matsuda were neck and neck till the penultimate shot.

On the last shot, however, the Japanese sealed the title with a new world record score of 241.8.

Korostylov finished close behind at 241.1 for silver.

Narrow miss for Pooja

There was disappointment for India in the qualification round of the women’s 10m air rifle event too as Pooja Ghatkar narrowly missed the final. She shot 412.1 to finish ninth among the 10 shooters. Malin Westerhein of Norway qualified at eighth position with 412.5.

In the World Cup in February here in Delhi, Pooja had won bronze. She was hoping for a podium finish at her home venue, but a poor start denied her a place in the final.

Today’s score was her lowest this season. In the World Cup in February, she had shot 418 in the qualification round.

The eventual winner Andrea Arsovic of Serbia shot 251.3 to win title, while Coman Laura of Romania scored 249.7 for second place. Chinese shooter Xinyi Peng got third place with a score of 228.5.

First Published: Oct 26, 2017 12:56 IST