In Shooting at Tokyo Olympics on Day 2, the qualification round of the women 10m air rifle took place as the first event of the day. The athletes had to shoot 60 shots in 75 minutes, with the maximum score being a 10.9. The highest possible score at the end of the qualification is set at 654.0. It was a disappointment for the Indian women Elavenil Valarivan and Apurvi Chandela, who failed to qualify for the finals of the event.
While South Korea’s Heemoon Park led initially, it was Jeanette Duestad of Norway who took the lead after the second series and finished at the top of the ranking in first place with a score of 632.9. Duestad had an average shot of 10.548. South Korea’s Park eventually finished 2nd with a total score of 631.7
USA’s Carolynn Mary Tucker finished 3rd with a score of 631.4, while 4th place went to the other South Korean, Eunji Kwon. 5th place went to France’s Oceanne Muller. China’s Qian Yang took 6th place with a final score of 628.7 and 7th place was awarded to Switzerland’s Nina Christen who finished her qualification with a score of 628.5
ROC’s Anastasiia Galashina rounded off the top 8, tying with Nina for a score of 628.5. The top 8 women qualified for the finals of the women’s 10m air rifle
Shooting at Tokyo Olympics: Elavenil Valarivan Unable to find her Footing in the Qualification
Apurvi Chandela had a good start to her campaign but fell down to 30th place after a poor second series. Chandela failed to make up much ground after that, finishing 36th with a score of 621.9.
Elavenil was India’s biggest hope for the women’s 10m air rifle at the Tokyo Olympics, and at one point she was looking hopeful to qualify for the finals. Although she started out slow, a 106.0 in the third series boosted her to the top 15. Valarivan struggled to find her groove, and a 9.7 in the 5th series had sealed her fate. Despite scoring a respectable 104.5 in the sixth series, Valarivan’s average shot was 10.442, while she need a minimum shot of 10.478 to finish in the top 8.
Neither woman managed to advance to the finals of the 10m air rifle event, although it was a good performance for Elavenil, who made her debut at the Tokyo Olympics. Women’s 10m air rifle finals will be held shortly after the qualifications are over.