London: Indian shooters ended their Olympic campaign on a dismal note as medal contender Gagan Narang and Sanjeev Rajput crashed out of men’s 50m rifle 3 positions event in the qualifying stage, while Manavjit Singh Sandhu also failed enter the finals in the men’s trap here on Monday.
Narang, who secured the first medal for India in London by bagging a bronze in the men’s 10m air rifle event on July 30, performed below par to finish 20th in a field of 41 competitors in the qualification round, while Rajput ended at a lowly 26th spot to end any hopes of making the finals.
Only the top eight went through to the medal round.
Manavjit totalled 119 out of a possible 125 with rounds of 24 24 22 25 and 24 to finish 16th out of 34 competitors in the men’s trap qualification round.
He shot pretty well except for a 22 in the third round that dented his chances in the end as only top six shooters advance to the finals.
The shooters, thus, ended their show here with a haul of one silver (Vijay Kumar in 25m Rapid Fire Pistol) and one bronze (Narang).
Four years ago Abhinav Bindra had provided the golden touch in the same event in which Narang won third place in the London Games while Bindra drew a blank in the same category.
The 29-year-old Narang fell by the wayside today as he totalled 1164 points out of a possible 1200 with rounds of 398 377 and 389 in Prone, Standing and Kneeling, respectively at the Royal Artillery Barracks here.
In the Prone category, Narang, who won four gold medals in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, started off brilliantly by shooting 100 in his first round followed by 99 100 and 99 in the next three series for a total of 398 out of 400.
However, he went off the boil in the Standing round as he misfired as many as 23 shots to log a poor 97 90 96 94 for a dismal total of 377, which saw him slip down the ladder.
He though came up with a slightly better show in the final round, in Kneeling position, firing a series of 97 97 98 97 for 389 but it was not good enough to recover lost ground.
Sanjeev Rajput shot 395 378 and 388 for a total of 1161 in three series and bowed out of the competition.
He came up with 98 98 99 100 in prone, fired 96 95 91 96 when upright and followed them up by rounds of 98 96 97 97 in the kneeling position.
Niccolo Campriani of Italy topped the qualifying with a total of 1180 to create a new Olympic record. He scored 396 390 394 in his three series. Matthew Emmons stood second after the qualification round with a score of 1172.
Meanwhile, it was almost over for Manavjit yesterday itself after he finished 25th on day one of the qualification round.
At the end of three rounds, Manavjit had a total of 70 out of a possible 75.
The 35-year-old from Amritsar started off on a decent note by shooting 24 out of 25 in his first two rounds, but misfired in the third to log a poor 22.
Although Manavjit, who has won medals in the past in the Asian and Commonwealth Games, as well as World Championships, fired 25 out of 25 in the fourth round today followed by another decent 24 in the fifth, his poor display on the first day dumped him out of the competition.
Commonwealth Games champion, Michael Diamond of Australia led the table in the qualification after shooting a perfect 125, breaking the Olympic record he shared with Alexey Alipov of Russia by one point.