Rio Olympics 2016, India Shooting: Ayonika Paul & Apurvi Chandela, Women’s 10 m air rifle preview, date, timing and where to watch
The women’s 10 metres air rifle is one of the two events that will be conducted on the first day of the Rio Olympics and will be the first shooting event to take place. There is a similar event for the men but it will take place in the later days. In this event, a shooter is stationed 10 metres away from a target whose centre is located at a height of 1.4 metres above the ground. The women shooters are given a total of 40 shots in their 50 minutes and the scoring rule with 10.9 being the highest score from one shot is applied.
The top eight women shooters advance to the final round where they have to shoot 20 shots to get to the podium. Here is everything you need to know about where you can watch the event:
Channel: Star Sports Network
Date and Time: Friday, 6 August 2016 – 11:30 GMT (17:00 IST)
Venue: National Shooting Centre, Deodoro, Rio De Janeiro.
Ayonika Paul: 23-year-old Ayonika Paul will be participating at her maiden Olympic Games in Rio. She has been the winner of a silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow. The shooter will be looking to cause an upset in the 10m air rifle event where she has not been performing upto the mark in the past couple of years. However, she has been training with Olympian Suma Shirur. Indian fans should be keeping their fingers crossed for the young shooter because she has the ability but faces tough competition.
Apurvi Chandela: Apurvi Chandela is ranked 30th in the 10m air rifle event going into the Games, but her credentials are strong because she has previously won a gold medal in the same event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The 23-year-old shooter had recently claimed two medals at the ISSF competitions in 2015 – she won silver at the World Championship Finals in Munich and won bronze at the World Cup in Changwon. She will be going into the Games hoping that she can produce a strong performance.
Shooters to watch out for:
Andrea Arsovic (Serbia): The 29-year-old goes into the Games as the number one ranked shooter in this category. She has been very consistent in recent years which has reflected in her results. She has won a total of eight medals at all the internationals events since 2013, which consists of four gold medals. The shooter is the favourite for the gold medal and will be looking to create history when she takes to the range later.
Du li (China): Du Li is the gold medallist in the 10m air rifle from the 2004 Athens Olympics. She had also won a gold medal in the 50m rifle 3 positions in 2008 Beijing Games. The shooter is currently ranked number 6 in the world but her experience could play a huge part in deciding the result of this event.
Yi Siling (China): The 27-year-old Chinese shooter will be looking to defend her gold medal at the Rio Games. She had beaten the likes of Poland’s Sylwia Bogacka and her fellow compatriot Dan Yu. However, the shooter will have a point to prove when she takes to the shooting range later today as she has been ranked number 3 in the world. A gold would see her back at the top of the ranking and would also help her in creating Olympic history.