Tokyo Olympics: Anjum Moudgil and Tejaswini Sawant of India failed to qualify for the medal event

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Anjum Moudgil and Tejaswini Sawant of India failed to qualify for the medal event after finishing 15th and 33rd in the women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions, respectively, on Saturday at the Asaka Shooting Range.

Anjum Moudgil accumulated 1167 (54x) points at an average of 9.725 after shooting 120 shots on target in three positions, while compatriot Tejaswini Sawant accumulated 1154 (50x) points in the qualifications, which was ultimately insufficient to qualify for the top-8 players’ final. Yulia Zykova of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) set a new Olympic Qualification Record with 1182 (78x) points.

 Anjum Moudgil
 Anjum Moudgil

Anjum Moudgil got off to a flying start in the first position of the qualification event — Kneeling — after aiming 99 and 98 in the first two series. She dropped out of the Top-10 with four 9s in the third series and a 97 in the final set. Meanwhile, veteran Tejaswini Sawant scored 97 and a disappointing 92 in the first two series before posting 98 and 97 in the subsequent two.

Moudgil continued his strong start in the prone position series, earning a 98 and a perfect 100 in the first two series. She then landed another 98 and ended the position on a high note with a 99. Sawant aimed two 98s and two 99s in prone to maintain her outside-the-top-25 position.

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Anjum, 27, was unable to maintain her momentum in the standing position round, where she opened with a below-average score of 94, immediately knocking her out of the top-8. She improved it to a 96 in the second round but then dropped to a 95 in the third. Moudgil finished with a strong 97, but it was too late for the Indian shooter to make any significant gains.

Tejaswini’s standing position woes continued as she scored 94, 93, 95, and 94, falling outside the top-30 in the 37-player field.

Earlier on Friday, India’s pistol shooters’ campaign came to an end without a medal for the second consecutive Olympics after Manu Bhaker and Rahi Sarnobat were disqualified from the women’s 25m pistol medal event. Manu Bhaker accumulated 582 (17x) points at an average of 9.700 after shooting 60 shots on target in both rounds, while compatriot Rahi Sarnobat accumulated 573 (23x) points in the qualifications, which was ultimately insufficient to qualify for the final of the top-8 players.

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