Anjali misses bronze, books Olympic berth

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Anjali Bhagwat.
Anjali Bhagwat.

New Delhi: Top shooter Anjali Bhagwat earned an Olympic quota place in women's 50m rifle three position event at the ISSF World Cup at Resende in Brazil.

Bhagwat finished fourth in the event on Saturday but was awarded the berth since the three podium finishers had already been granted tickets to the Olympics to be held in Beijing in 2008.

Gold medal winner Tatiana Goldobina of Russia secured her place at the last year's World Cup in Fort Benning in the 10m air rifle event while Yi Zhang and Bo Liu, both from China, ensured their quota places being from the Olympic host nation. Liu was also the winner at the World Cup in China.

Bhagwat, who played in the MQS (minimum quota score) category in the 10m air rifle event here earlier, shot a total of 679 (582+97).

The Mumbai girl shot a near perfect 99 and 96 in the kneeling position. But a poor 7.8 in her third attempt in the final cost her a podium finish.

Goldobina scored 683.2 for the top finish while Zhang won the silver with 682.7 (584+98.7) and Liu took home the bronze with an effort of 680.8 (580+100.8).

Anuja disappoints

Melbourne Commonwealth Games gold medallist Anuja Jung finished 27th with a score of 571. She shot a series of 194 (97, 97) in prone, 195 (95, 100) in standing and 182 (93,89) in kneeling.

In the men's event, Gagan Narang, who won the quota place in the previous World Cup at China, finished 29th and Sanjeev Raput finished 33rd. PTI

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