Indian Women's contention is over as Manu Bhaker and Rahi Sarnobat bow out of the 25m Pistol Shooting!

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedJul 30, 2021 07:46 IST

LIVE updates from Manu Bhaker, Rahi Sarnobat Women's 25m Pistol Shooting | Olympics 2021


07:40 (IST)30 JUL 2021

19-year-old Manu Bhaker yet again misses out on a very close qualification. Tokyo 2020 has been harsh on her. She backed up yesterday's total of 292 with a 290 today. Falling short of just one point, Manu would reflect back to the two 8's she shot in the rapid-fire round which sealed her fate.

A couple of 9's there would have taken her to the top 8. But then again, even in the singles and doubles fixtures earlier on, she took a lot of pressure on herself and came out short. Certainly she's got a lot left ahead of her and she should fight back and come out stronger the next time.

That's how this sport is, you're always gonna be left with regrets and heartbreak if you don't succeed. As Abhinav Bindra once said " We are talking millimetres here, and sometimes even a tenth of a millimetre like your hair, just one hair of yours. It can be the difference between a gold medal and going home with absolutely nothing."

Hidden in the shadows of Manu Bhaker was Rahi Sarnobat India's second competitor in the 25m Pistol Shooting event. Some might not consider her as talented as Manu, but she is equally capable and had the potential to make it big. Although, she could not keep her composure under pressure and was nowhere close to the top 8. 

She had a decent outing yesterday in the Precision Round, scoring 287 and needed something extraordinary today to even be considered as a contender for qualification. Alas, it was not meant to be for her, as she could not better her record of yesterday and ended up with just 286, which was never going to enough. 

All credits to her for her giving it her best shot, but on the day she was unfortunately not good enough as her fellow competitors and finishes her campaign, low down on the 32nd spot. 

But nothing to take away from the duo of Manu Bhaker and Rahi Sarnobat. They have done their nation proud without a doubt, and they should continue to keep their chins up and improve from their mistakes. Both have the potential, but both succumbed under pressure and that's one aspect they could work on.

Well that's all from us here at SportsKeeda with this event, but while we depart, here are two articles we leave you with, which give you more information about our two champions, and what to expect from them in the future! Do keep logging in for other Olympic blogs. Goodbye and take care! 

07:30 (IST)30 JUL 2021

Rahi Sarnobat's standings at the end of Rapid Round

07:29 (IST)30 JUL 2021

Manu Bhaker's standings at the end of Rapid Round

07:21 (IST)30 JUL 2021

With that Manu Bhaker fails to make it into the finals, and she has been eliminated. She needed to keep her calm and score a 9 at least if not 10. But the two 8's in her Rapid Round today did her no good and she walks out heartbroken! 

07:20 (IST)30 JUL 2021

292 yesterday, and a 290 today for teen sensation Manu Bhaker to finish off with an overall total of 582! 

07:19 (IST)30 JUL 2021

Manu Bhaker gets 97 in her final series, but she is stranded down on the 11th position! 

07:18 (IST)30 JUL 2021

Manu Bhaker ends off her qualifiers with four consecutive 10's but it does not look like it will be enough! 

07:17 (IST)30 JUL 2021

That's the end of series 3. Manu secures 97 points. Her total is 582 with 17 inner ten's. Currently sitting at 11th position, Manu Bhaker fails to make it to finals.

07:16 (IST)30 JUL 2021

Oh no! Manu hits an 8 in her 6th shot of the series! Nerves from Manu! She's pushed herself into a tough position, rather an impossible position to qualify now. 

07:16 (IST)30 JUL 2021

Pressure on the youngster as all of her nation's eyes are focused on her. Pressure got the better of her in the 10m event and the mixed doubles event but today she has her moment, to avenge herself. 

07:15 (IST)30 JUL 2021

Follows the brace of 10's with a 9, and then back with a brace of 10's. She still sits 9th, just outside qualification. 

07:14 (IST)30 JUL 2021

49 from the first 5 shots for Manu!

07:14 (IST)30 JUL 2021

Manu Bhaker start of series 3 with a bag! Two bullseyes to begin her final attempt at qualification. She's got to keep her nerves now. 

07:12 (IST)30 JUL 2021

Series 2 of Rapid Round for Manu Bhaker

07:12 (IST)30 JUL 2021

Three 9s were followed to a series of 10s. Manu scores 97 this round and continues to sit at 9th after the 2nd series.

07:11 (IST)30 JUL 2021

She caps off the second series with a hat trick of 9's and finishes with 97. 

07:11 (IST)30 JUL 2021

She continue with two more 10's on her 6th and 7th shot! A fabulous performance from Manu here. 

07:11 (IST)30 JUL 2021

Manu makes it seven 10s in a row!

07:10 (IST)30 JUL 2021

She continues with two more 10's and makes it 5 in a row. She's recovering well here, she's in high spirits, and she has her eyes fixed on qulification. 

07:09 (IST)30 JUL 2021

Series 1 of Rapid Round for Manu Bhaker

07:09 (IST)30 JUL 2021

5 shots of 10 from Manu here, including three inner 10s! She has fired up in this series!

07:08 (IST)30 JUL 2021

A rare shot of 8 has pushed Manu out of the top 8. However, she only needs to overtake one opponent. With 96 in the second series her score after 4 rounds is 388.

07:06 (IST)30 JUL 2021

She finishes her first series on a high though, getting a 10 to close it off! Gets 96 in total and she sits on the 9th position. 

Her scorecard for series 1 reads: 10, 10, 10, 9, 10, 10, 10, 9, 8, 10

07:05 (IST)30 JUL 2021

She gets an 8 and slides out of the top 8! One low score and that's what happens. 

07:05 (IST)30 JUL 2021

Continues the next two shots with two more 10's now! 

07:03 (IST)30 JUL 2021

She follows it up with a 9 and a 10! She's looking strong here! She's got a good rhythm going, and she's quite accurate with her shooting ro begin with. 

07:03 (IST)30 JUL 2021

Manu Bhaker scores 49 points in her first 5 shots of series 1.

07:02 (IST)30 JUL 2021

Manu Bhaker kicks off in a very very positive fashion! Three 10's in a row to kick off! 

07:01 (IST)30 JUL 2021

And we're underway with Relay 3! 

06:51 (IST)30 JUL 2021

Anna Korakakki, Antoaneta Kostadinova and our very own Manu Bhaker are positioned top 3 in the 3rd relay round.

06:41 (IST)30 JUL 2021

Bib number 1471, shooting from firing point 23, in relay 3 will be our champion Manu Bhaker. Action coming up very shortly. Stay tuned! 

06:38 (IST)30 JUL 2021

Top 8 after Relay 1&2 of Rapid Round

06:37 (IST)30 JUL 2021

After relays 1 and 2 being concluded, Manu Bhaker (who is in relay 3) still remains in the top 8, she's sitting at the 7th position, but in the end, it will all come down to how she performs today. 

06:34 (IST)30 JUL 2021

Ying Wu-Chia scored 295 in the rapid round to take her tally to 584. She now sits at 4th, after improving remarkably well on her scores of yesterday. 98, 98 and 99 in her three series today to parade into the top 8. 

06:33 (IST)30 JUL 2021

Andrea Pena Perez hits 98 in the third series to finish off with a total score of 582. She barges back in to finish 8th and will rely on the others for her to seal a spot in the finals. 

06:32 (IST)30 JUL 2021

Vitalina Batsarashkina finishes with a 98 in her third series to finish third on the list with a total of 586 across both the qualification stages. 

06:28 (IST)30 JUL 2021

Wu Chia-Ying makes her entry into the top 8, scoring 98 in both her series today, after Andrea Perez misses out on her second relay with a score of 95. 

06:27 (IST)30 JUL 2021

Vitalina Batsarashkina from the ROC gets in an almost perfect second series as she finishes with 99, and jumps up to the third spot. 

06:26 (IST)30 JUL 2021

Andrea Pena Perez moves down to 11th after her second series.

06:22 (IST)30 JUL 2021

Vitalina Batsarashkina and Andrea Pena Perez, the two top 8 contenders from relay 2 have started off impressively with scores of 97 and 98 respectively, but have slid down to the 6th and 7th position for the moment. 

06:19 (IST)30 JUL 2021

The second relay is underway, but our very own Manu Bhaker is in the third relay so hold on folks, she will eventually come out. 

06:15 (IST)30 JUL 2021

Meanwhile, more good news for Indian fans. Deepika Kumari progresses through the Quarter-finals of the Women's individual archery after beating Ksenia Perova in a shoot-out.

06:09 (IST)30 JUL 2021

Manu Bhaker's Precision Round Score Sheet

06:08 (IST)30 JUL 2021

As we await further action, here's a small update on Manu Bhaker's position.

She has moved down to the sixth position for now, as Kim Minjung and Zorana Arunovic finish their rapid round with 293 and 288 respectively.  But Manu has yet to start and she'll have a better knowledge of what to achieve in order to push for the top spot. Minjung and Arunovic, both finish with a total of 584. Manu will have to be as precise as yesterday if not more to reach that mark. A little stumble today could put her place in jeopardy and make qualification even more difficult.  

06:05 (IST)30 JUL 2021

It looks all but over for Rahi here. 573 points out of a possible 600 is never going to be enough. 

05:58 (IST)30 JUL 2021

As it stands...

#GRE A Korakaki 9.800
#BUL A Kostadinova 9.767
#KOR M Kim 9.733
#SRB Z Arunovic 9.733
#ROC V Batsarashkina 9.7333
#BLR V Chaika 9.700
#TPE C C Tien 9.700

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