Asian champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu was close to his best on the second day, shooting 49 out of 50 in trap, but he had slipped quite a bit on the opening day and missed a berth in the final by three points at the Royal Artillery Barracks on Monday.
After scoring 24 in the first two rounds, former world champion Manavjit faltered in the third with a round of 22. In a highly-competitive field in which two-time Olympic champion and multiple world champion, Michael Diamond, topped the list with a perfect 125, there was no room for errors.
It was an improvement in terms of score for Manavjit,but he fell in terms of position due to the overall high standard.While Manavjit was placed 16th in a field of 34 with a total of 119, all the three Beijing medallists, too, missed berths in the final.
Defending champion David Kosetlecky of the Czech Republic shot 120 for the 14th spot, while the Athens Games gold and Beijing bronze medallist Alexey Alipov of Russia, who also had 120, was 13th. The silver medallist of the last two Games, Giovanni Pellielo of Italy, shot 121 and was placed eighth. Incidentally, six shooters were tied on 121.
Gold for Campriani
In the men’s 50-metre rifle 3-position event, world champion Nicolo Campriani, who won the air rifle silver a few days earlier, clinched the gold by setting Olympic records of 1278.5 and 1180. The bronze medallist Gagan Narang had to settle for the 20th position, with a score of 1164, as he missed the final by four points.
Gagan started strongly with 398 in prone to be right on top in a field of 41, but faltered in ‘standing,’ shooting 377. He could not recover from that and finished with 389 in kneeling. Four shooters fought for the last spot in the final after tying at 1168.
National record holder Sanjeev Rajput also faltered in the standing section, and finished 26th with a total of 1161. He had 395 in prone, 378 in standing and 388 in kneeling. Rajput had shot 1176 on way to the gold medal in the Changwon World Cup in Korea last year to qualify for the Games.
Kim Joynghyun (1272.5) of Korea won the silver and Matthew Emmons (1271.3) of the US, who had missed the medals under dramatic circumstances in this event in the previous two Olympics, clinched the bronze.