Sawant-Rajput combo misses bronze match by a whisker at ISSF World Cup

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Osijek, Jun 29 (PTI) Tejaswini Sawant and Sanjeev Rajput ended fifth in the 50m rifle 3 positions mixed team event, missing the bronze medal match by a whisker as India endured a medal-less day at the ISSF shooting World Cup here on Tuesday.

Sawant and Rajput combined for a score of 581 in qualification part two with 28 inner 10s, one less than fourth-placed Hungarian team of Eszter Meszaros and Istvan Peni, who made the cut for the bronze medal match.

In part one of the qualification, from where the top eight advance to stage 2, another Indian pair of Anjum Moudgil and Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar was eliminated with a ninth-place finish behind Sawant and Rajput.

Both the pairs shot an identical score of 873 but Sawant and Rajput advanced due to their higher inner 10s count of 45 as against 43 by Moudgil and Tomar.

On Monday, Rahi Sarnobat displayed sensational form to clinch the women's 25m pistol gold medal, which was India's first in the ongoing edition.

The Women's 3P individual finals were also played out and won by Russia’s Yulia Karimova. Sawant and Moudgil had finished 20th and 32nd respectively in that event.

Before that, Manu Bhaker had teamed up with Saurabh Chaudhary for the 10m air pistol mixed team silver.

She had also clinched the women's 10m air pistol team bronze with Sarnobat and Yashaswini Deswal.

Before that, Chaudhary had won the men's 10m air pistol individual bronze medal.

The Indian Rifle and Pistol squad have been in Croatia for over two months now on a training cum competition trip, before they embark upon Tokyo in the third week of July. Two Men’s Skeet Shooters, Mairaj Ahmad Khan and Angad Vir Singh Bajwa will also join them and are presently training in Italy. PTI PM AT AT

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