The top 12 athletes in individual rifle and pistol events according to the 2021 world ranking post the Games, have been invited to participate in the event where individual winners will be awarded the Golden Target, the Best Athlete of the Year title.
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This meant the Indian shooting team's disastrous outing at the Games continued with none of its participants except for Saurabh Chaudhary qualifying for the finals, having entered Tokyo on the back of some stunning performances and soaring expectations.
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The duo of Elavenil Valarivan and Divyansh Singh Panwar finished 12th with a total of 626.5 across three series each, while Anjum Moudgil and Deepak Kumar ended 18th out of 29 pairs with an aggregate score of 623.8 at the Asaka Range.
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Mittal won his double trap world title in 2018 and got the Arjuna award the same year. Moudgil is a world championship silver-medallist, also from the 2018 edition and she was awarded the Arjuna in 2019.
In part one of the qualification, from where the top eight advance to stage 2, another Indian pair of Anjum Moudgil and Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar was eliminated with a ninth-place finish behind Sawant and Rajput.
The 20-year-old Aishwary, who finished with a score of 628 in the qualification round, shot a total of 143.9 before being eliminated from the final of the men's 10m air rifle event.
Participating in the Minimum Qualification Score (MQS) section as a guest invitee as part of India's 13-member Olympic-bound squad, Moudgil shot a score of 1173, a huge improvement from the 1162 she shot in the New Delhi World Cup in March.
Shooting in the MQS (Minimum Qualification Score) section, the sensational Chaudhary shot more than Oleh Omelchuk the tournament proper's topper in the men's 10m air pistol event.
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India's Tokyo-bound shooters will take part in the men's and women's individual Olympic events only.
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It was also decided to name Manu Bhaker in both the women's 25m pistol alongside the experienced Rahi Sarnobat and in her pet 10m air pistol event with Yashaswini Singh Deswal.
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The victory in this event consolidated India's position in the top of the pecking order with 21 medals, including 10 gold, six silver and five bronze medals.
The Indian team shot 43 in the gold medal showdown to finish behind the Polish team, which scored 47 to grab the top prize.
"Current form won’t be an overriding consideration and I don’t see it being a huge factor in team selection. Don’t expect any major surprises or any extraordinary changes,” NRAI chief Raninder Singh said.
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On the first competition day, India will see participation from Divyansh Singh Panwar, Arjun Babuta and Deepak Kumar in the men's 10m air rifle qualification.
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Participants, coaches and officials from the two countries will be quarantined at the Radisson Hotel situated close to the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range, venue for the 18-29 March World Cup.
Gearing up for the upcoming World Cup in New Delhi, the CWG silver medallist said, she is well-prepared for the big-ticket event, starting 18 March.