The opening day of action at the ISSF World Cup in Bangkok proved to a disappointing one for India, as none of the shooters on view could manage to clinch a medal even as Pooja Ghatkar put in a spirited performance to finish 4th in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle final.
Apurvi Chandela couldn't quite bring her A-game to the forefront, finishing a disappointing 18th with a score of 413.6, 0.2 behind Ayonika Paul, who finished 17th.
In the Men’s 10m Air Rifle event, Chain Singh finished in 10th place in qualifying while Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang finished 18th and 33rd respectively.
Day 2 promises to be yet another exciting affair with the 50m Air Pistol event kick-starting proceedings. India will have two contenders in this category, with Prakash Najappa and Jitu Rai-both of whom have attained quotas for Rio 2016- taking to the range in the morning.
Singh and Narang will have yet another opportunity to qualify for yet another final if they pass through the elimination round of the 50m Rifle Prone event, Sanjeev Rajput, who was the last of the Indians to win a quota for Rio 2016, will also be in action in this category.
It promises to be a great day, hopefully, India can open their account to make it even better.