In the qualifying rounds of the Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma made a steady start and gave high hopes. Chaudhary started with 50/50 in the first 5 shots, but then shot five straight 9s to end with 95 points, Abhishek Verman scored 94 in the first series in which he had 4 10s and the rest ended in 9s. Finishing seventh in the Men's 10m Air Pistol Final, at the Tokyo Olympics on July 24. The 19-year-old settled for a total score of 137.4 and faced an early elimination. It was in stark contrast to his performance to his qualification stage, where he registered scores of 95, 98, 98, 100, 98, and 97. During the qualification round, he was also accompanied by Abhishek Verma, who failed to make the cut.
Let us tell you that Deepak Kumar (626) and Divyansh Singh Panwar (624.7) failed to make the final, ending 14th and 25th respectively in the qualifying round. In another disappointing show, the trio of Anjum Moudgil, Apurvi Chandela, and Valarivan could not enter the finals of the women's 10m air rifle event. Apurvi had the best result among the three women, finishing 24th with a score of 624.2. While Anjum managed 622.3 to be placed 42nd in the qualification, Elavenil (621.2) also copped a two-point penalty for protesting a shot that was correctly scored. The 21-year-old Elavenil, a Junior World Cup gold medallist, initially scored a total of 623.2 points to finish 35th but the two-point penalty meant she slipped to the 55th spot. According to the ISSF rules, if the Results, Timing, and Scoring (RTS) jury determine that a protested shot was scored correctly, a two-point penalty is imposed on the shooter.
Apart from Manu, the women's 10m air pistol final also featured Yashaswini Singh Deswal, who ended eighth with a score of 117.1. While Manu had qualified sixth for the final with a score of 577, Yashaswini was a notch above with an effort of 578. Rahi Sarnobat could not make the finals, ending 13th with a score of 572. Antoaneta Kostadinova of Bulgaria won the gold in women's 10m air pistol with a score of 240.