Gurpreet Singh gets quota place for Rio Olympics
Gurpreet Singh secured India a fifth quota place in shooting for the Rio Olympics by finishing fourth in the Men's 10m Air Pistol final at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Shooting World Cup in Munich on Sunday.
Gurpreet scored 154 in the final, finishing behind winner Joao Costa (201.4 points) of Portugal. Sun Yang (177.3) was third, securing a quota place for China, while Tomoyuki (200.4) Matsuda of Japan won the silver. Another quota place went to fifth placed Daemyung Lee (136) of South Korea.
Ace shooter Jitu Rai surprisingly failed to make the final of the same event.
The positive result for Gurpreet comes a day after the disappointment of missing a quota place in the Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol where a fourth place was not enough.
He is the second Indian to have secured a Rio berth at the ongoing World Cup. Abhinav Bindra, India's only individual Olympic gold-medallist, won a quota place with a sixth place finish in the Men's 10m Air Rifle final.
Gagan Narang, Jitu Rai and Apurvi Chandela are the other Indians to have secured an Olympic quota place.
Narang did so after finishing third in the 50m Rifle Prone Event of the ISSF World Cup at Fort Benning in USA earlier this month.