In shooting at Tokyo Olympics, women’s 10m air pistol qualifications were held on day 3. The qualifications require all athletes to shoot a total of 60 competition shots over 6 series in 75 minutes. The top 8 ranked women will move on to the finals. India’s Manu Bhaker and Yashaswini Deswal missed out on the finals as they finished 12th and 13th respectively.
China’s Jiang Ranxin, the silver medallist from the 2019 World Cup, gave a consistent performance and grabbed the lead, which amounted to a total score of 587, shooting 97, 97, 98, 98, 97, 100 over 6 series, with an average shot of 9.783. Greek’s Anna Korrakaki managed to hold on to second place, with 97, 97, 96, 99, 98, 98, which amounted to a score of 585
ROC’s Vitalina Batsarashkina, although she held the lead for some time, took 3rd place, with a final total of 582 shooting 95, 97, 97, 99, 98, 96. China’s Lin Yuemei took 4th place, with a score of 579, France’s Mathilde Lamolle slowly worked her way up the ranks, finishing comfortably in 5th place with a final score of 578.
Shooting at Tokyo Olympics: Yashaswini Deswal Struggles to make a mark in women’s 10m air pistol
Bulgaria’s Antoaneta Kostadinove took 6th place with 578, while 7th and 8th place finished in a tie between Ukraine’s Olena Kostevych and France’s Celina Gobbberville. Manu Bhaker was in the mix after the third and fourth series, and was looking hopeful to clinch the 8th spot after the first half of the 6th series. However shots of 9s and 8s pushed her down all the way to 12th place. She finished with a final score of 575, shooting 98, 95, 94, 95, 98, 95 over 6 series.
Yashaswini Deswal had a very poor outing, starting off with 8s in the first and third series. While she had 3 good series, poor performances in the others meant that she would not be making her way to the finals this year. She eventually finished in 13th place, with a total of 574, shooting 94, 98, 94, 97, 96, 95.
This is disappointing news for India’s shooters, who were looking strong going into the Tokyo Olympics, but have failed to make a mark yet, with Saurabh Chaudhary finishing 7th yesterday in the finals of the men’s 10m air pistol.