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Gun Malfunction Derails Manu's Effort as She & Deswal Fail to Qualify For Final

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It wasn’t a good start to the Sunday for the Indian shooting contingent as the women in the 10m Air Pistol event failed to progress to the final at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Manu Bhaker and Yashaswini Deswal were in action and while the former finished 2 points short of qualification at 12th, Deswal finished a position below her, falling three points short.

Yashwini is the current world number one in the event while Manu is ranked two.

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<div class="paragraphs"><p>Manu Bhaker's qualification round at 2020 Tokyo Olympics </p></div>

Manu Bhaker's qualification round at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

<div class="paragraphs"><p>Yashaswini Deswal's qualification round. </p></div>

Yashaswini Deswal's qualification round.

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Manu, considered one of India’s best medal hopes, had a technical glitch which slowed her down. After a few hiccups in the third and fourth series, she rattled off an excellent fifth series shooting 98/100. An opening of 98 was followed by 95, 94 and a 95 as the young shooter dropped out of the top-10.

The problem with her gun broke her rhythm as it saw her lose five minutes but she came back to manage a 95 in the second series.

In the final series, under pressure, Manu needed consecutive 10s to qualify for the medal round, but three 9s and an 8 meant she fell short of the qualification mark. Manu scored 575/600 with the eighth placed shooter scoring 577.

Ranxin Jian of China topped the qualification round with a score of 587.

Yashaswini on the other hand failed to get going throughout the round, switching between 9s and 10s on most occasions. She didn’t pose a significant challenge to the top guns and finished in 13th place with an aggregate score of 574.

While this is the end of Yashwini's campaign, Manu will be competing in the 25m individual event as well as the mixed team event along with fellow 19-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary on 27 July.

(with various inputs)

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