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Bronze eludes Narang, Anjali finishes 10th in Munich World Cup

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, May 25 (UNI) Gagan Narang missed the 10m Air Rifle bronze by a whisker while Anjali Bhagwat finished a poor 10th in the women's event at the ongoing World Cup in Munich.

Narang who had won the event in the China leg of the World Cup to book a berth for the Beijing Olympics, totalled 699.3 (597+102.3) with a series of 100, 100, 99, 100, 100 and 98 to finish fourth -- just 0.4 points behind the Bronze medallist.

Narang, who won four Gold in the Commonwealth Games, later told indianshooting.com, ''I lost on two very valuable points as I shot a poor eight by mistake in the qualifications. I was not fully prepared to release the shot and actually wanted to cancel it but instead shot it and hence lost the two points, which eventually cost me the Gold.'' Compatriot Abhinav Bindra finished 27th with a score of 594 (99, 100, 100, 100, 98, 97) while the other Indian Imran Hassan Khan finished 84th with a score of 581 (95, 96, 98, 98, 97, 97).

The Gold in this event went to Athens Olympic Bronze medallist Jozef Gonci of Slovakia with a score of 702.2 (597+105.2).

The Silver was won by Athens Olympic Gold medallist Qinan Zhu of China with a score of 701.1 (597+104.1) while American Matthew Emmons won the bronze with a score of 699.7 (597+103.7).

The Quota place for the Beijing Games 2008 went to Polish shooter Robert Kraskowski, according to an information received her today.

Meanwhile, in the women's section, Anjali Bhagwat finished 10th in the 10m Air Rifle event after shooting 397 with a series of 100, 97, 100 and 100.

Among others, Avneet Kaur Sidhu finished 29th with a score of 395 (99, 98, 99, 99) while Tejaswini Sawant finished 37th with 395 (98, 98, 99, 99).

The Gold in this event was won by Elsa Caputo of Italy with 502.9 (398+104.9), the Silver went to Sylwia Bogacka of Poland (502.8) while Sviatlana Budzko of Bulgaria bagged the Bronze with 502.8 (398+104.8).

The Silver was decided with a shoot off in which Sylwia Bogacka (10.7) outplayed Sviatlana Budzko (9.9).


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