Rio Olympics 2016, India Shooting: Gagan Narang & Chain Singh, Men’s 50m rifle 3 positions preview, date, timing and where to watch
Can India finally get a medal from shooting in the last event at the Games?
The 50m rifle 3 positions is a one of a kind event at the Rio Olympic Games and will be held later on Sunday as the last shooting event at the Olympic Shooting Centre in Rio De Janeiro. The event comprises of all the shooters battling for a place on the podium by shooting at targets in 3 different positions – kneeling, prone and standing.
This event will be the last shooting event at the Rio Olympics and that also means that it will be the last hope for India to win a medal from the sport. India will be represented by two shooters at the event: the experienced Gagan Narang and the not so experienced Chain Singh. It will be interesting to see how the nation finishes at the last shooting event of the Games.
Here is everything you need to know about where you can watch Men’s 50 Rifle 3 Positions event:
Channel: Star Network (Only Finals)
Live stream: Star Network and Hotstar (Only Finals)
You can follow live updates at: www.sportskeeda.com
Date and Time: Sunday, 14 August 2016 – 12:00 GMT (17:30 IST)
Venue: Olympic Shooting Centre, Rio de Janeiro.
Gagan Narang: This will be Narang’s third and last event at the Rio Olympics. The shooter has failed to impress in his previous two events where he has repeated the same mistakes – he has started well but lost his concentration in the later stages of the qualification round. If there is any hope of India winning a medal in Rio, Narang is the man who can do it tonight but his world ranking of 42nd indicates otherwise. His fans will be hoping the shooter can ditch the disappointment and finally end the Rio journey with silverware.
Chain Singh: Chain Singh made his debut at the Olympic Games by participating in the 50m rifle prone event earlier. The shooter failed to qualify for the final round after having had a bad start. But he will hope that he can start off well later today and give the nation something to cheer about. His current world ranking in this event is not mind-boggling, but there is a hint of surprise in the shooter’s recent performances at ISSF events. He had won the gold medal in this event at the 2016 South Asian Games and will be hoping to repeat that feat in Rio.
Shooters to watch out for
Matthew Emmons (USA): The American is currently ranked number one in the world in this event in the ISSF charts. The American had only managed a bronze medal in the London Olympics in this event and will look to better that by winning the gold or silver this time around. His form, however, has not been very good as he has failed to qualify for the final round this Olympics.
Petar Gorsa (Croatia): Petar Gorsa’s Rio Olympics journey has been similar to that of Narang’s. The shooter has had a great long career in shooting where he has won accolades throughout his 19 years of shooting. But he has always had to face disappointment at the Olympic Games and has won nothing as yet. But this could be his last ever event at the Games with the shooter ranked 2nd in the world. The Croatian will look to repeat his feat of winning the gold medal as he did in the ISSF World Cup held in Baku earlier this year.
Zicheng Hui (China): The Chinese is considered as the expert of the 50m rifle 3 positions event. He has won a total of five gold medals at the ISSF World Cups in his career so far in this event with the latest being the gold medal at the 2016 ISSF World Cup held in Rio. The 27-year old shooter is currently ranked number three in the world and will look to win the elusive Olympic medal when he takes to the shooting range later today.