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Deepali finishes 10th

NEW DELHI, JULY 20. Deepali Deshpande finished a creditable tenth in air rifle with a score of 393 in the World Cup shooting championship in progress in Atlanta.

Deepali had a series of 97, 98, 100 and 98. The gold went to Cho Hyun Kang of Korea who equalled the World record with a 399 out of 400, and followed it up with a 100.6 in the final. Emily Caruso of the US missed the gold by 0.1 point. Dae Young Choi of Korea took the bronze.

In the men's air pistol event, Jaspal Rana shot a 575 out of 600 to finish joint 18th. Jaspal had a series of 96, 97, 94, 96, 100 and 92. Frank Dumoulin of France took the gold with a 687.6. Viglio Fait of Italy and Artur Gevorgjan of Germany won the silver and bronze with totals of 684.8 and 684.4, respectively.

With a below par fare in the last World Cup before the Olympics, Jaspal has virtually ruled himself out of the race for the hardship quota for the Sydney Games. Jaspal had shot 582 twice in World Cups.

Meanwhile, India does not figure in the list of 40 countries which have been given 43 wildcards by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF). These 43 join the 351 shooters from 57 countries who had won quota places for the Olympics.

Only the 16 hardship quotas - each of which is meant for a member federation which has a shooter who has obtained an outstanding result in one of the Olympic shooting events in an official qualification competition - are yet to be distributed.

Air rifle shooter Anjali Vedpathak, who missed out narrowly on qualification and has since made three World Cup finals, has a strong case in her favour for one of the slots, along with another air rifle shooter Abhinav Bindra who equalled the junior world record, 596 out of 600, recently in the Munich World Cup.