Indian Women Shooters fight for lone quota in Pistol Shooting for Paris Olympics

Indian Women Shooters

Three Indian women shooters, Palak, Sainyam, and Surbhi Rao, are all set to embark on a quest for the lone remaining quota place left to be won in the pistol discipline. This journey is part of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Final Olympic Qualification Championship, which is taking place in Rio De Janeiro.

Competition at peaks amongst Indian Women Shooters

Palak, an Asian Games champion, along with Sainyam from Chandigarh, and Surbhi Rao, Palak’s teammate from Haryana, are the three Indian women air pistol shooters who will be competing. These three shooters, currently ranked third, fifth, and sixth in the discipline in India, will aim for the qualification round.

The competition is fierce, with a total of 466 athletes from 76 nations entering the fray. The top eight qualifiers will compete in the final slated for Sunday. The 10m air pistol mixed team is the first final scheduled on the opening day of competitions.

Indian shooters have already won a record 19 quota places for the Paris 2024 Games, including all eight in rifle, seven in pistol, and four in shotgun. Esha Singh had earlier in the year won the first women’s air pistol quota place with a gold medal finish at the Asia Olympic Qualifiers in Jakarta. If Palak, Sainyam, and Surbhi succeed in their quest, it will be India’s 20th quota place in Shooting, which will also ensure a possible 24th and 25th start for the squad in Paris.

The three shooters have been accompanied by two coaches and a physio. Their preparation has been rigorous, and they are ready to give their best shot at the competition.

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