Chain, Narang fall short of final spot


Chain Singh offered India's shooting prospects a final flicker of hope before faltering and failing to book a spot in the men's 50m rifle 3 positions final in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. After being in contention for the larger part, Chain ended 23rd with 1169 points. Gagan Narang, the other Indian in action, wrapped up his fourth Olympic campaign on an unimpressive note and finished in 33rd spot, among 44 shooters, with a score of 1162 out of 1200.

Firing 391 out of 400 in the kneeling round, Chain raised his performance a notch higher to shoot three perfect 100 scores in the prone round to move into the final round sitting pretty among the top eight. In the first series of the standing round, he started with a 95 and followed it with a 94 -- his lowest in the qualifying -- to fall out of the race.

In the qualifying round, each shooter fires three sets of 40 shots each in kneeling, prone and standing positions with a maximum of 10 points per shot.

Narang, who shot 383, 395 and respectively in each of three rounds, had a forgettable outing in Rio. He failed to get past the qualifying round in all the three events he competed in -- 10m air rifle, 50 m rifle prone and 50m 3 positions. Though India fielded a 12-member strong shooting contingent, its largest-ever at the Games, the results have been uninspiring.