Shooters Gagan Narang, Chain Singh fail to make the final in 50m rifle prone

NetIndian News Network

Rio de Janeiro, August 12, 2016

There was no let-up in the bad showing by Indian marksmen as  Gagan Narang and Chain Singh flopped in the  50m rifle prone event of the Olympic shooting competition today.
London bronze medallist Narang totalled 623.4 to finish 13th while  Chain Singh, with a total of 619.6, ended in the 36th spot in the field of  47 shooters. The top eight shooters from the qualification made the cut for final.
Narang was clearly upset. “This was the event I was preparing for and I had a good feeling about it. I fought very hard till the very end and was in it till the 55th shot - the last four shots put me out of the final. I gave my best, I gave all I had,” he said.
The Indian started well, moving into fourth place and then further raising expectations by climbing to the third. He put in a strong performance only to falter right towards the end. 
At the end of 55 of the 60 shots, Narang was placed seventh but there his good run  turned for the worse. He shot below-par scores in the last three series, particularly in the fourth and sixth series - 103, 104 and 102.4 – to slip out of the contention zone as he was not able to shoot the high tens he needed.
Both Narang and Chain will next compete in the 50m rifle 3 position event on Sunday.
The wind was tricky today, sometimes blowing, sometimes not. "I didn't miss too many shots with the wind today but last four shots cost me," Narang said. "Strategically, I chose another event to qualify in because I would obviously carry excess baggage from the last Olympics, having won a medal in the Air Rifle. That is the reason I chose prone. Of course, there is pressure of being a medalist but that was in air riflle."
"I just wanted to shoot a good score. If I continued to shoot the way I was in the first 30 shots, I knew I would make the final. Obviously I wasn't seeing the scoreboard. Yes, the pressure was immense. One 9.5 that I shot the wind was a lot on that, I think everybody shot a 9.5 on that shot who was on my left and right. It baffled me, I didn't understand why that happened. That's like one point gone already!"
He however made it clear that he has no plan to quit.  "Definitely I would like to shoot more. This is definitely not the end for me. I have another event though it is not my main event but fingers crossed, if I have a good day and shooting well in all three events, it is just about putting it together on one day."