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2016 Rio Olympics: Profiling the 7 shooters who have booked a place

Chain Singh
Chain Singh
Abhishek Jain

Indias shooting medal winners5 Indian Shooters have qualified for the Rio Olympics, thus occupying all the available slots for India. With a year left for the Rio Olympics, it is a welcome result for the Indian shooting team.Indian shooters have performed well at the last 3 Olympics. It all started with Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore winning a silver medal at 2004 Athens Olympics in a double trap event.Then Abhinav Bindra became the first Indian to win an individual Gold at the Olympic Games when he won Gold in 10m Air rifle event at 2008 Beijing Olympics. Vijay Kumar also won silver in 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event at 2012 London Olympics.Gagan Narang also won bronze at the 10m Air Rifle event at the 2012 Summer Games.Indias performance has improved over time at the Summer Games, and thus a great responsibility lies on these 5 shooters who are going to compete to get medals for the nation.Heres all you need to know about those who have already made the cut:Note:Olympic Qualification system for Shooting Sport is based on 2 things: Olympics Quota Places (390 allotted for Rio Olympics) and Minimum Qualification Score (As designated by ISSF).

#7 Chain Singh

Chain Singh
Chain Singh

India’s Chain Singh became the 7th Indian shooter to seal a quota place at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the 50m rifle 3 position event. The 27-year old qualified by finishing 7th at the ISSF World Cup in Granada shooting a score of 1174 on 1200.

Chain won a bronze medal in the same category at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon and won a gold at the International Shooting Competition of Hannover earlier this year.

India can certainly expect a podium finish from him at the Summer Games next year.

#6 Prakash Nanjappa

Prakash Nanjappa
Prakash Nanjappa

Prakash Nanjappa becomes the 6th Indian shooter to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics after having finished 8th in the 50m pistol event at the ISSF World Cup in Gabala. The 39-year old shot a score of 567 points to finish as the second best athlete in the qualifications.

Earlier in his career, Nanjappa earned a bronze medal in the 10m air pistol event at the 2013 ISSF World Cup and won a silver medal in the same event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games after having scored a score of 198.2 in the final round.

He even suffered from a paralytic attack on the right side of his face during the 2013 World Cup in Granada and later staged a brave comeback at the international stage by winning the silver medal in the 50 metre pistol event at the Asian Air Gun Championship in Tehran.

#5 Apurvi Chandela

Apurvi Chandela
Apurvi Chandela poses with her Commonwealth Games gold medal

Chandela was the second Indian shooter to qualify for the Rio Olympics. She bagged a Bronze place finish in 10m Air Rifle event at 2015 World Cup in Korea. She shot a score of 185.6 in the final event to secure a third place finish.

She came into limelight when she got a Gold in 10m Air Rifle at 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow with a score of 206.7, which was the new games record. She even won 4 Gold medals (two individual and two team events) at the Intershoot Championships at The Hague, Netherlands.

She is theonly female Indian shooter to qualify for the next years Rio Olympics and many would trust the national champion to bag a medal at the Summer Games.

#4 Jitu Rai

Jitu Rai

Rai became the first Indian shooter to qualify for the Rio Olympics. He secured his Olympic berth by bagging a silver place finish in the 50m Free Pistol event at the World Championships in Granada, Spain in September last year.

He also bagged silver at the 10m Air Rifle event at the ISSF World Cup in Munich in February of this year. Following his recent brilliant performances, he was ranked 1st in the 10m Air Rifle category and 4th in the 50m Pistol category.

The 27-year-old shooter won gold at the 50m Pistol event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games by shooting a score of 194.1 in the final, thus managing a new Games record in the process.

At the 2014 Asian Games, he also managed to get Gold in 50m Pistol event and a Bronze in 10m Air Rifle event.

#3 Gagan Narang

Gagan Narang
Gagan Narang

Indian ace Narang qualified for the Rio Olympics by bagging a Bronze place finish in the 50m Rifle Prone event of the ISSF World Cup at Fort Benning in USA.He shot a score of 185.8 overall in his event to secure a place in the Olympics.

The 32-year-old earned a Bronze medal finish at the 2012 London Olympics by shooting a score of 701.1, which is by far his career-best performance. He also added 4 gold medals to the Indian tally at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

Narang won a gold in the 10m Air Rifle at the 2003 Afro-Asian Games. Honouring his accomplishments, the government conferred on Narang the Padma Bhushan and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awards in 2010.

#2 Gurpreet Singh

Gurpreet Singh(extreme left) poses with his medal

Singh booked an Olympic berth by finishing 4th at the ISSF World Cup in Munich. He shot a score of 154.8 to finish 4thin the eventwhere 138 shooters were taking part.

Just before that, he missed out an Olympic spot in the 25m Air rifle event by the narrowest of margins. He made up for the miss in the next event he played, however, and finally qualified for the Olympics.

The 28-year-old shooter matched his Olympic qualification performance as he finished 4that 2010 Sydney World Cup. However, his career-best performance came at the Asian Championship in Tehran earlier this year, where he bagged a bronze medal.

#1 Abhinav Bindra

Abhinav Bindra
Abhinav Bindra

Bindra fulfilled Indias distant dream at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. While representing his nation in the 10m Air rifle event, he becamethe first Indian to win an individual Gold at the Olympic Games.

He qualified for the Rio Olympics through one of the Olympic quotas after he finished 6thin the 10m Air rifle event at ISSF World Cup in Munich. He shot a score of 122.4 in the final event before bagging a score of 627.4 in his pet event to qualify.

The 32-year-old shooter was the first and only Indian to hold both the World And Olympic titles at the same time after he won the Gold at Beijing Olympics.Before that, he won gold at the 2006 ISSF World Shooting Championships.

He was honouredwith thePadma Bhushan, Indias third-highest civilian award, in 2009, for his gold at the Beijing Olympics. Prior to this, the shooter was also honored with the Arjuna Award, given by the government to recognize outstanding achievement in National sports in 2000, and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2001.

Edited by Staff Editor

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