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Rio Olympics: Abhinav Bindra qualifies for 10m Air Rifle final, Gagan Narang crashes out

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Shooter Abhinav Bindra finished seventh to qualify for the 10 metre Air Rifle finals of the 2016 Rio Olympics while it was heartbreak for Gagan Narang who finished a lowly 23rd in the qualification round at the Olympic shooting centre on Monday.

Bindra, India's lone individual Olympic gold medallist, shot a cumulative score of 625.7 to end in the seventh spot and book his berth in the last eight, the competitions for which will be held later in the day.


Meanwhile, Narang could only manage 621.7 and crashed out of the event.

Italian Niccolo Camprianni topped the list with an Olympic record score of 630.2 followed by Russian Vladimir Maslennikov who shot 629 and Croatia's Petar Gorsa who finished third shooting 628.

Bindra, who is competing in his fifth Olympics, found himself in 10th spot after scoring 104.3 at the end of the first series but dropped to 11th in the second with a cumulative score of 208.7.

Bindra picked up the pace in the third series to vault into second position with a score of 314.6 but drastically dropped down to sixth with some poor shots.

At the end of the fourth series, Bindra was fifth to be on course for qualification. However, the fifth round went horribly wrong for India's flag-bearer, wherein he slipped to 10th.

In the final series, he brought himself back in contention to sit in eighth place after a 10.8 in his sixth shot to finally book his berth for the final.

Meanwhile, Narang had a forgettable outing as he fell from the top in the first series with a score of 105.3. He failed to recover in the subsequent series. After the second series, Narang occupied the second position with a score of 209.8 but a horrible third series saw him drop to 21st with 311.9.

Narang's hopes crashed after he further dipped to 23rd towards the end of the qualification round.