Indian shooters Manu Bhaker and Rahi Sarnobat were placed 5th and 25th respectively in the women’s 25m pistol qualification (precision) at the Tokyo Olympics here on Thursday. In a field of 44 shooters, Bhaker scored 292 after 30 shots on target in the precision round while compatriot Sarnobat aggregated 287 in the qualifications at the Asaka Shooting Range.Also Read - IOC to Consider Cricket's Inclusion In 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games
The second stage of the qualification — the rapid round — will take place on Friday. The top-8 shooters in the qualification will enter the final. Serbia’s Zorana Arunovic led the pack with 296 points, followed by Greece’s Anna Korakaki who has 294. Also Read - Olympic Medallist Neeraj Chopra Clinches His First Gold of 2022 In Kuortane Games
In the third relay, Bhaker had a fine start as the 19-year-old shooter shot back to back 97s in the first two series. With just two 9s in the third, Bhaker accumulated 98 points to climb into the top-5. Bhaker came back strongly to score five 10s off her last five shots after three points in the second series. Also Read - Chateauroux 2022 World Cup: Avani Lekhara Bags 2nd Gold, Pistol Shooters Claim Two Team Silver
Osijek World Cup gold medallist Sarnobat, who was in the first relay of 10 shooters, started the precision round with a 96 and followed it with a 97. However, thanks to an 8 and a few 9s, she managed 94 in the final series of precision. Her total in the precision rounds was 287/300 which placed her 7th out of 10 in her relay.