Indian shooters Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary failed to make the medal matches in the 10m air pistol mixed team event at the Tokyo Olympics after finishing seventh in the second stage of qualification on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, Bhaker and Chaudhary had topped the first stage of qualification, while Yashaswini Singh Deswal and Abhishek Verma, India’s other entry in the discipline, finished 17th.
The teenage duo of Bhaker and Chaudhary didn’t have the best start to the second stage. Bhaker shot 92 (four 10s, four 9s and two 8s) while Chaudhary shot 96 (six 10s and four 9s) for the duo to be placed at the bottom of the eight-team field.
The Indians improved in the next series, as Chaudhary shot 98 (eight 10s and two 9s) and Bhaker shot 94 (six 10s, two 9s and two 8s). However, relatively poor scores from Bhaker, including 8s in two of her last three shots, proved costly as they pulled the team’s combined score down.
Earlier, in the first stage of qualification, Bhaker shot 97 (seven 10s and three 9s), while Chaudhary shot 98 (eight 10s and two 9s), the teenage duo’s combined score of 195 putting them on top at the end of the first series.
In the second series, Chaudhary shot a perfect round of ten 10s for 100, while Bhaker shot 94 (four 10s and six 9s), their combined total of 194 keeping them in first place.
In the third series, Chaudhary once again shot 98 (eight 10s and two 9s), while Bhaker improved by a point to shoot 95 (five 10s and five 9s), their combined score of 193 enough to keep them in first place.
Deswal and Verma, on the other hand, had a much less encouraging first series. Deswal shot 95 (five 10s and five 9s) while Verma shot 92 (five 10s, two 9s, an 8 and a 7) for a combined score of 187 for 15th position.
Deswal shot 95 (six 10s, three 9s and an 8) in the second series, while Verma improved slightly to shoot 94 (five 10s, four 9s and an 8), their combined total of 189 keeping them in 16th place.
Verma improved in the third series with 97 (seven 10s and three 9s), but Deswal’s level dipped as she shot 91 (two 10s, seven 9s and an 8), for a total of 188. The duo had a combined total of 564-10x (x denotes an inner 10) to finish well outside the top eight required to advance.