Manu Bhaker and Adarsh Singh Triumph in Olympic Selection Trial T4

Manu Bhaker and Adarsh Singh topped the qualification rounds in the women's 25m pistol and men's 25m rapid-fire pistol events, respectively, at the Olympic Selection Trial T4 in Bhopal, India. The top five shooters in each category will compete in the final on Tuesday to secure a spot on the national team for the Paris Olympics.

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Bijay Laxmi
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Manu Bhaker and Adarsh Singh Triumph in Olympic Selection Trial T4

Manu Bhaker and Adarsh Singh Triumph in Olympic Selection Trial T4

In a display of exceptional marksmanship, Manu Bhaker and Adarsh Singh emerged victorious in the qualification rounds of the women's 25m pistol and men's 25m rapid-fire pistol events, respectively, at the Olympic Selection Trial T4 held at the MP State Shooting Academy ranges in Bhopal, India, on May 13, 2024.

Manu Bhaker showcased her prowess in the women's 25m pistol event, topping the qualification round with a score of 586. She narrowly defeated Esha Singh, who shot an identical score, by virtue of having more inner-10 hits. Rhythm Sangwan secured the third position, while Abhidnya Patil (582) and Simranpreet Kaur Brar (564) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

In the men's 25m rapid-fire pistol event, Adarsh Singh demonstrated his skill by winning the qualification round with a score of 583. He edged out Anish Bhanwala, who posted the same score, on countback, having scored 24 hits in the inner 10-ring compared to Bhanwala's 14. Ankur Goel also shot 583 but had 10 fewer hits in the inner ring, placing him third. Vijayveer Sidhu clinched the fourth spot with a score of 581, just one inner-10 more than Bhavesh Shekhawat, who finished fifth.

The top five shooters in both the men's and women's categories will face off in the final at the M.P. State Shooting Academy ranges on Tuesday. The final team for the Paris Olympics will be declared after a meeting of the selection committee following the trials. Based on pure calculations and taking the best of three scores, Manu Bhaker and Esha Singh currently occupy the top two spots in the women's event, while Anish Bhanwala and Vijayveer Sidhu hold the top two positions in the men's rapid-fire pistol event, regardless of the final results.

The Olympic Selection Trial T4 serves as a crucial stepping stone for Indian shooters vying for a spot on the national team that will represent the country at the upcoming Paris Olympics in 2024. With the final team selection hanging in the balance, the pressure is on for these talented athletes to showcase their skills and secure their place in Olympic history.

Key Takeaways

  • Manu Bhaker tops women's 25m pistol qualification with a score of 586.
  • Adarsh Singh wins men's 25m rapid-fire pistol qualification with a score of 583.
  • Top 5 shooters in each event advance to the final on Tuesday.
  • Final team for Paris Olympics to be declared after selection committee meeting.
  • Manu Bhaker and Esha Singh lead women's event, Anish Bhanwala and Vijayveer Sidhu lead men's.