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Off day for India as Jitu Rai, Ghatkar fail to enter final

New Delhi: India experienced a disappointing day in the ISSF World Cup Final as both their representatives, ace pistol shooter Jitu Rai and Pooja Ghatkar in women's air rifle, failed to clear the qualification hurdle here on Thursday.
Rai, fresh from his gold medal in the air pistol mixed event along with Heena Sidhu, could not make the final of the men's 10m air pistol and was placed ninth. The top eight make the cut. Multiple medallist at top global events, including the World Championships and Asian Games, Rai shot a sequence of 94, 96, 96, 97, 95, 94 for a total 572. He shot 95 in the penultimate 10 shot series and eventually dropped to 94 to bow out of the competition at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.
Eventual gold medal winner Matsuda Tomoyuki of Japan, who qualified eighth, aggregated 573 in the qualification, while Vietnamese Cuong Quoc Tran topped it with 586 but fell behind in the final.
In women's 10m air rifle, India's only hope Pooja Ghatkar finished ninth and failed to make the final.
Ghatkar's series included scores of 101.5, 103.9, 102.2 and an improved 104.8 for a total of 412.4. The lowest qualifying score was 412.5 set by Norway's Malin Westerheim.
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