9 August : Touted as India’s best bets for a medal at the Olympics, Indian shooters started off on a disappointing note with Anjali Bhagwat and Avneet Kaur Sidhu failing to make the finals of the 10m air-rifle event in Beijing on Saturday.
Anjali ended 29th in qualifying and Avneet finished further down at 39th.Anjali shot a total of 393/400 and Avneet could manage 389/400.
Czech Katerina Emmons, a bronze medallist from Athens 2004, created Olympic records in both qualifying and final rounds to clinch the gold medal.
In qualifying, she shot a perfect
400/400, and followed it up with a 103.5 which aggregated her score to 503.5 eclipsing the previous record of 502 set by China’s Du Li at Athens.
The silver went to Russian Lioubov Galkina (502.1) while the bronze was won by Croatia’s Snjezana Pejacic (500.9). Courtsey : DDINEWS