Jung shoots, seals Olympic berth
Posted on: 10:04 PM IST May 30, 2007
New Delhi: Ace Indian pistol shooter Samresh Jung on Wednesday sealed an Olympic quota place after finishing fourth at the ISSF World Cup in Munich in Germany.
Jung, who won multiple gold medals at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, warded off stiff challenge from his rivals to finish fourth in the 10 metre pistol event with a tally of 682.1 points, also becoming the first ever Indian pistol shooter to bag an Olympic berth.
"This is the first-ever direct entry in Olympics for an Indian pistol shooter," National Rifle Association of India General Secretary Rajiv Bhatia told PTI.
"Earlier, Jaspal Rana had got a wildcard entry in the 1996 Atlanta Games and among women, Abha Dhillon had also been given wildcard before," he added.
Jung joins seven other Indian shooters - Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang, Anjali Bhagwat, Avneet Kaur Sidhu, (silver medallist) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Manavjeet Singh Sandhu and Sanjeev Rajput - to have competed at the Olympics.
However, Tejaswini Sawant was not lucky enough to hit the bull's eye as she missed the quota in the women's rifle three position event by just one point.
(With inputs from PTI)