Tejaswini Sawant secures India’s 12th Olympic quota in shooting.

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Highlights

  • Tejaswini Sawant secured India’s 12th Olympic quota in the shooting. She missed out on a medal in women’s 50m rifle in 14th Asian Championship.
  • She reached the final at fifth position after shooting 1171in the Qualifications at Lusail Shooting Range.
  • The other Indians who have secured their position in Tokyo Olympics through shooting.

Tejaswini Sawant secured India’s 12th berth in Tokyo Olympics in shooting. She wasn’t able to bag any medal in 50m rifle 3 positions event in the 14th Asian Championship held on Saturday.

The former World Champion secured a position in Tokyo Olympics by qualifying for the finals of the 50m rifle 3 positions event in the Asian Championship.

The 39-year old was qualified for the finals by bagging the fifth position after shooting 1171 in the Qualifiers’ Round at Lusail Shooting Range. However, in the finals Ms. Sawnt had performed well but had managed to secure fourth position by shooting 435.8.

It will be her maiden appearance in the shooting squad having missed chances to secure her position in 2008,2012 and 2016.

She has won many accolades including gold at the World Championship, World Cup and Commonwealth games.

In 2010, she won the world championship in the 50m rifle prone event held in Munich by making a score equal to that of world record.

She was the first Indian shooter to win gold with score 0f 457.9 , whilst the silver went toYesugen Oyunbat of Mongolia with a score of 457.0. The bronze was won by Japan’s Shiori Hirata (445.9).

The other Indians who have secured a berth for shooting in Tokyo Olympics are Kajal Saini and Gaayathri Nithyanandam. Both of them had qualified for the upcoming Olympics by securing 13th and 15th position with 1167 and 1165 respectively . The minimum score had been registered by Sunidhi Chauhan with 1164.

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