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Ayonika Paul clinches India's 11th quota in shooting; wins silver in the Women's 10m Air Rifle

Ayonika Paul becomes India's third women shooter to book a quota for Rio 2016.

Ayonika Paul in action

The opening 3 days of the Asian Shooting Olympic qualifier in New Delhi have been very fruitful for India as a third quota came its way in as many days courtesy Ayonika Paul, who clinched it in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle event on Friday.

The 23-year-old coupled that by winning the silver medal in the event with a final score of 205.9 after finishing the qualifying in third place with a score of 416.6. Pooja Ghatkar won the bronze with a final score of 184.5.

Paul had won the bronze medal in the same category at the Asian Airgun Championships in September last year and at the 2014 Commonwealth Games had clinched the silver.

The ongoing event has seen Heena Sidhu win the quota in the Women’s 10m Air Pistol event and Kynan Chenai seal the quota in the Men’s Trap event.

Paul’s quota means that India now have 5 shooters who have qualified in the Rifle category. Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang, Chain Singh and Apurvi Chandela being the other 4.

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