Shooting: India's Vijay 31st, crashes out

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Indian shooter Vijay Kumar starts campaign
London, Jul 28: India's Vijay Kumar had a forgettable start as he finished 31st (570 score out of 600) in the men's 10m Air Pistol qualification and failed to qualify for the final at the London Olympics 2012 here on Saturday.

Earlier, Vijay started off by scoring 94 in series 1 and added a 92 in second series as the qualification continues with four more series set to complete the qualification stage. In third, he shot 94 followed it with 97 in the fourth. Now, his total stands at 380 of the possible 400. He is currently struggling to match others and is languishing at 33rd place of the 44.

In the fifth series, Vijay had 97 and wrapped up with a 93 in the sixth and final series. He ended a disappointing 31st with 570.

Japan's Jongoh Jin took the top spot with a score of 588 out of possible 600. China's Wei Pang was second with 586. The top eight shooters made it to the final.

Earlier updates

The 26-year-old Vijay is participating in today's men's 10m Air Pistol. The qualification round will start in a few minutes.

There are 52 shooters in the competition. The even is taking place a the Royal Artillery Barracks.

Vijay, who has won two silver medals in World Cups in Rapid Fire Pistol, will be up against Chinese and Korean shooters who are expected to dominate.

The Army Sena medal winner is hoping to make it a memorable Games in his first Olympics. His main event is Rapid Fire Pistol, which will get under way on August 2. This will be first ever representation of India in Rapid Fire Pistol at Olympics.

Vijay, who is a Subedar with the Indian Army, has trained for the Games under Russian coach Pavel Smirnov.

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