Indian shooter Apurvi Chandela qualifies for 2016 Rio Olympics

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New Delhi, April 11: Indian shooter Apurvi Chandela today qualified for next year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after clinching a 10m air rifle bronze in the ISSF World Cup (Rifle/Pistol) in Changwon, Korea.

After qualifying fifth for the final round, Chandela shot a score of 185.6 to finish third in an eight-strong list, from which the top six made the cut for the Olympics.

File photo: Gold medallist Apurvi Chandela, centre, poses for with teammate and silver medallist Ayonika Paul, left, and bronze medallist Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi of Malaysia, following the 10m Rifle Women Final at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, on July 26, 2014

She thus became the second Indian marksman after pistol shooter Jitu Rai to qualify for Rio. The gold medal in Chandela's event was clinched by Croatia's Snjezana Pjecic (209.1), while the silver went to Serbia's Ivana Maksimovic (207.7).

PTI

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