Indian shooter Deepak Kumar celebrated his birthday on Tuesday by securing his country’s 10th Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth in shooting after winning the men’s 10m air rifle bronze medal at the 14th Asian Championships in Doha on Tuesday.
The 32-year-old marksman shot 145 in the final of the event on the tournament’s opening day. Deepak, who won a bronze medal at the 2018 ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara last year, qualified for the eight-man final in third place with a score of 626.8.
India have already secured nine Tokyo quotas in rifle and pistol and lies behind China (25 quotas) and Korea (12) in the Asian region, besides the host-country Japan (12 allotted slots), in terms of quotas won.
The most experienced of the three Indian shooters participating in the event, Deepak lived up to the expectations by managing to win a quota. He is the second Indian shooter to earn an Olympic quota in the event after Divyansh Singh Panwar, who secured it in April.