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India's Kynan Chenai qualifies for Rio 2016 Olympics

777   //    28 Jan 2016, 17:49 IST
Kynan Chenai
Hyderabad native Chenai has won the 10th quota spot

Indian trap shooter Kynan Chenai has won a quota place in the 2016 Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He finished fourth at the Asian qualifiers today, winning one of four available spots for Indian shooters at this year’s Olympic games.

The 25-year-old was the 10th shooter to do so, finished with a score of 120 out of a possible 125 to book his spot, while Indian shooter Vijay Kumar, who participates in the men’s Rapid Fire pistol, missed out on a spot as he fell short on the number of hits he needed to qualify. The Olympic silver medal-winner had cored 576, a score that had helped him qualify for the finals.

Chenai took up trap shooting in 2003, winning his first international medal in 2008 at that year’s Asian Clay Championships in Jaipur, where he won silver.

He won gold at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games in the trap shooting event – which he won by a single point.

Yesterday, India’s Heena Sidhu also won a quota spot, winning the gold medal at the Women’s 10m Air Pistol event.

Chain Singh, Gagan Narang, Prakash Nanjappa, Gurpreet Singh, Jitu Rai, Apurvi Chandela and Indian Olympic Gold winnner Abhinav Bindra are among the other shooters who have already qualified for Rio 2016.

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