Suma shoots her best score in a World Cup

NEW DELHI: World record-holder Suma Shirur finished fifth with a total of 499.7 in the air rifle event of the shooting World Cup in Milan on Saturday. The 35-year-old who had shot a world-record equalling 400 out of 400 in the Asian Championship in Kuala Lumpur in 2004, shot her best score in a World Cup with a 398.

Following rounds of 99, 100, 99 and 100, Suma was fourth going into the final — a point behind the eventual gold medallist Sonja Pfeilschifter of Germany.

In the final, Suma started with a 10.8 and ended with a 10.9 but she was not that impressive in the intervening eight shots, thus missing a medal by 1.7 points. Her 10-shot final score was 101.7.

Lajja Gauswami shot a 397 — a series of 100, 99, 99 and 99 — but had to settle for the ninth place from among 90 shooters.

Seven were caught in a shoot-off for the last two spots in the final, and the Indian girl missed out by 0.2 points, despite a tie-break score of 51.3.

The story was similar in men’s air rifle, as Sanjeev Rajput missed the final when six were tied for one final spot with 595. Rajput had rounds of 99, 99, 99, 99, 100, 99 in the qualification series and a 49.4 in the qualifying shoot-off that placed him 13th eventually.

The results: Men: 10m air rifle: 1. Zhu Qinan (Chn) 699.1 (596); 2. Artur Aivazian (Ukr) 698.8 (596); 3. Henri Hakkinen (Fin) 697.6 (595); 13. Sanjeev Rajput 595; 15. Imran Hasan Khan 594; 16. P. T. Raghunath 594. MQS: Parmendra Kumar 582.

Women: 10m air rifle: 1. Sonja Pfeilschifter (Ger) 502.0 (399); 2. Petra Blasing (Ita) 501.5 (398); 3. Xie Jieqiong (Chn) 501.4 (398); 5. Suma Shirur 499.7 (398); 9. Lajja Gauswami 397; 15. Priya Agarwal 396. MQS: Radhika Barale 395; Sanyukta Hasabnis 387.

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