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Rio Olympics: Abhinav Bindra finishes fourth in 10 metre Air Rifle final

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India's legendary shooter Abhinav Bindra narrowly missed out on a medal after finishing fourth in the final of the Men's 10 metre Air Rifle event at the Olympic Shooting Centre in Rio on Monday.

Bindra started well, but a couple of wayward shots cost him dearly as he lost in the bronze medal play-off to finish fourth with a total score of 163.8.

Participating in his fifth Olympics, the 33-year-old got off to a good start with scores of 29.9 and 30.2 in the first two series placing him in the top three.

He fell to the fourth spot after a relatively poor 21.1 in the third series with a total score of 81.2. But luck favoured Bindra in the fourth series as he climbed to second with 21.5 as the other shooters in the top four also faltered.

However, Bindra seemed to let the pressure get to him as his performance started to go downhill from there. The former World Champion registered progressively poorer scores of 20.8, 20.2 in the next two series.

A brilliant series of high 10s saw him go up to second after 11 shots and third after 12. He maintained the position till the 14th shot but a couple of poor shots saw him score 20.1 in what would eventually be his final series and tied at fourth with Ukranian Serhiy Kulish after the 16th shot.

In the shoot-off that followed, Bindra could manage only a 10.0 while the Ukranian shot a brilliant 10.5 to move ahead, thus relegating the Indian to the fourth place.

"I think I did my best but a medal was not to be. It was a tough field. Somebody had to finish fourth and I did. Well I think thats the way it is. I gave it all. It was good day a hard day. Could have been better with a medal," a dejected Bindra said later.

Earleir, Bindra finished seventh to qualify for the 10 metre Air Rifle quarter-finals at the Rio Olympics while it was heartbreak for Gagan Narang who finished a lowly 23rd in the qualification round.

Monday's disappointment will see the curtain come down on the glittering career of the 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medalist - India's only individual Olympic gold - as he had earlier announced that he will retire after the Rio Olympics.

Niccolo Campriani of Italy continued his excellent form in qualifying to win the Gold medal with a new Olympic Record score. Serhiy Kulish of Ukraine and Vladimir Rusmaslennikov of Russia took the silver and bronze medals, respectively.