Shooting World Cup: Shweta sixth, Bindra seventh


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Bangkok : India's Shweta Chaudhary finished sixth in the women's 25 metres sports pistol event while world champion Abhinav Bindra ended up seventh in the men's 10m air rifle at shooting World Cup here Saturday.

Shweta shot 482.7 points (384 in the qualification round and 98.7 in the finals) with a series of 95, 95, 97 and 97 in the qualifications on the opening day of the competition – her best ever performance in a World Cup.

Sonia Rai finished 36th with 379 (94,98,96,91) while Harveen Srao was 67th with a score of 371 (91,94,92,94).

In the Minimum Qualification Score section, India's Anisa Sayyed shot a score of 378 (91,96,94,97) while Annu Raj Singh shot 376 (94,96,93,93).

Olga Kousnetsova of Russia won the gold medal and the Olympic quota place for the Beijing Games next year. He shot 488.8 (389+99.8).

Sagun Lewandowska of Poland won the silver with 486.7 (387+99.7) while Franquet Sonia of Spain the bronze with 486.3 (385+101.3).

Bindra shot a total score of 695.9 points, with 595 coming in during the qualification round and 100.9 in the finals.

In the qualification series, Bindra had a shaky start with the first two series being 98. But he recovered well with three consecutive series of 100s, followed by a 99 in the last series.

His compatriot Sanjeev Rajput was also not much behind Bindra finishing just a rank below at 8th. Rajput too qualified for finals with the same score of 595 like Bindra but shot 100 in the finals to finish with a total score of 695.

In the qualification Rajput shot a series of 98, 100, 98, 100, 100 and 99.

Gagan Narang, the third Indian competitor in the event though not in his best of form, finished 23rd with a score of 593 (100, 100, 99, 97, 98, 99).

Sidi Peter of Hungary won the gold medal with 699 (597+102) and Moldoveanu Alin George of Romania the silver with 698.4 (597+101.4). Jozef Gonci of Slovakia settled for the bronze with 698.2 (596+102.2).