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Sarabjot Singh secures India’s first Paris Olympic quota in Pistol Shooting

Sarabjot Singh secures India’s first Paris Olympic quota in Pistol Shooting

Sarabjot Singh secured India's first Paris Olympic quota in pistol shooting after he clinched the bronze medal at the Asian Championships

India’s Sarabjot Singh won bronze in the men’s 10m Air Pistol event at the Asian Shooting Championships on Tuesday. With the podium finish, the Indian has secured a Paris Olympics 2024 quota. This is India’s first quota for the quadrennial event.

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Sarabjot Singh shot 221.1 in the final to finish behind the Chinese duo of Zhang Yifan (gold, 243.7) and Liu Jinyao (242.1). While it is India’s first pistol shooting Olympic berth, this is also the eighth Olympic quota place for India in shooting.

The Indian had earlier qualified for the top eights with a score of 581. Sarabjot had his task cut out needing a high finish. He shot to the lead after the first five shots. However the two Chinese caught up and went past him, Sarabjot was able to maintain his composure and register yet another international podium finish.

Sarabjot Singh won the Men’s team gold medal at the Asian Games in Men’s 10m Air Pistol team event. He also bagged silver alongside Divya TS in the Mixed team event.

Shooting World Cup: Sarabjot Singh clinches air pistol gold in Shooting World Cup
Shooting World Cup: Sarabjot Singh clinches air pistol gold in Shooting World Cup

None of the other Indians could make it to Top 8

Among other Indians in the men’s air pistol, Varun Tomar (578) and Kunal Rana (577) fiished 16th and 17th while Shiva (576) was 20th and Saurabh Chaudhary (569) was 35th.

In the women’s air pistol event, none of the five Indians, including those playing for ranking points only, could make the top eight cut. Rhythm Sangwan finished 11th (577), Esha Singh 13th (576), Surbhi Rao 15th (575), Ruchita Vinerkar 22nd(571) and Palak 25th (570) respectively.

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