India was yet again left disappointed in shooting when trap shooters Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Kynan Chenai were both knocked out of the men’s trap event at the Rio Olympics. Manavjit managed to score 114 points out of the maximum limit of 125, finishing at the 16th spot out of the total 33 athletes competing in the event whereas the 25-year old Chenai could only manage 114 points from his qualification round as he finished the round at the 19th spot.
Manavjit Singh Sandhu had started the second and final day of the qualification round of the event with a score of 68/75. The 39-year-old started in fine form as he hit all of his first 25 shots on target, getting a perfect 25. This took his score to 93 out of 100 after his fourth series with one last series to go. The shooter looked fairly calm and comfortable to take the eight spot after the fourth series but needed to continue the momentum in order to qualify inside the top-6 shooters.
However, the experienced shooter was surrounded by tough competitors as he was tied at 8th with two other shooters and he could not risk missing any target in order to qualify for the final round. A tie at the end of 125 shots would have seen a shoot-off between the shooters but Manavjit could not hold his nerve. The shooter struggled to shoot his targets consistently and could only manage to shoot 22 points from his fifth and last series. This drop in points saw the shooter also drop to the 16th position in the table. The result ended his hopes of doing well in what could be his last Olympic Games.
On the other hand, Kynan Chenai had started day two of the qualification round with a score of 67/75. The young shooter started the day off well by scoring 3 off 3 but missed his fourth target on the day. However, the shooter did not lose his composure and continued to rally as he hit the target with his next 21 shots – finishing the fourth series with 24 points out of 25. It got him to the 15th spot in the leaderboard and his total tally to 91 points out of the available 100.
Chenai required a miracle to get into the top-6 and his miracle would include all the other shooters to drop points. But that was not the case as the shooter could only get 23 points from his final series. It did take his tally to 114 points out of the available 125 and placed him at the 19th spot in the qualification standings. The youngster could not qualify for the finals but Indian fans will be hoping that this experience will be useful in the future.
Here is the list of the top-6 shooters according to the points table. The semi-final round of the event which will take place at 11:30pm IST:
1) Giovanni Pellielo (Italy) – 122 points
2) Edward Ling (Great Britain) – 120 points
3) Josip Glasnovic (Croatia) – 120 points
4) Ahmed Kamar (Egypt) – 119 points
5) David Kostelecky (Czech Republic) – 118 points
6) Massimo Fabbrizi (Italy) – 118 pointsPublished 08 Aug 2016, 21:03 IST