Beijing Olympics: Shooters Rathore, Jung fail to qualify for final (Lead)August 12th, 2008 - 12:58 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Aug 12 (IANS) A day after Abhinav Bindra’s golden feat, there was disappointment in store for India as Athens Olympics silver medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Commonwealth Games’ hero Samresh Jung crashed out of the shooting competition in the Beijing Olympics here Tuesday. Double trap shooter Rathore failed to make it to the final, finishing 15th in the qualification round with a disappointing score of 131 at the Beijing Shooting Range. The Armyman shot a poor series of 43, 45, 43 to finish way down in the 19-strong field.
Jung, nicknamed Goldfinger, fared worse as he managed only the 42nd slot with a score of 540 in the qualifiers of the men’s 50 metre pistol event.
Much was expected from Jung, who won five gold medals in the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, but he failed to live up to expectations and shot poorly for a series of 88, 92, 91, 86, 90, 93 in the qualification round.
The Olympics turned out to be disappointing for Jung, who made an early exit from the 10-metre air pistol contest Sunday.
Bindra won the gold in the men’s 10-metre air rifle event Monday to become India’s first ever individual gold medallist. The gold also broke India 28-year-old wait, the last having come from the men’s hockey team in the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
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