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Here are some of the key moments from the opening day of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a day that saw India open it's account with a silver medal
Elavanil finished 16th after shooting 626.5 over six series of 10 shots each, while the more experienced Apurvi settled for the 36th place after aggregating 621.9 at the Asaka Range.
That old adage about the Olympics will hold true for all top Indian athletes at Tokyo: it’s not good enough to be the best. You need to be the best on the stage where it counts.
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Apurvi Chandela and Elavenil Valarivan will represent India in the women's 10m air rifle competition on Saturday followed by the men's 10m air pistol qualification and the final with Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma in action.
Alongside Abhishek Verma, Saurabh Chaudhary will be part of the first competition day action in the men's 10m air pistol event.
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.
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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So podium finishes in the tournament are out of question for the Indian shooters but they will not mind that as it will at least give them another competitive platform to test themselves ahead of this summer's all-important Tokyo Olympics.
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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.
"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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Kavi Rakshna, who has come through the ranks of the junior programme, emerged on top in a quality field which included current world number one Elavenil Valarivan as well as Tokyo Olympics quota holders Apurvi Chandela and Anjum Moudgil, among others.
Indian shooter Apurvi Chandela pledged to donate Rs 3 lakh to PM-CARES Fund while Rs 2 lakh to Rajasthan CM Relief Fund to support the battle against Coronavirus pandemic in the country.
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The SAI sessions on opening day was attended by athletes and para-athletes from all sport, including Olympic probables shooters Divyash Panwar, Apurvi Chandela, Abhishek Verma, Anish Bhanwala, boxers Lovlina Borgohain and Nikhat Zarin
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India had in February pulled out of the Nicosia Shotgun World Cup and later the 15-26 March ISSF World Cup in Delhi was postponed to May — all due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
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The number of Olympic quotas, which now stands at a record 15, is not only a reflection of the country's rapid rise in the sport over the last one year but also sets up the Indian shooters nicely for a record haul in Tokyo Olympics.
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Zeena was fourth in qualifying, but shot a world-class 252.2 in the final to top a quality eight-woman field. Mehuli finished with 250.5 while Apurvi logged 227.6 to be placed third
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Mehuli Ghosh says, "Whenever Elavenil or I ask for shooting advice from Anjum or Apurvi, they always tell us ‘you guys are doing so well. Why are you asking us for advice. We should be the ones asking for your advice!’”
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Shriyanka Sadangi took the silver with a score of 250.8, while Shreya Agrawal (227.2) clinched the bronze in a 1-2-3 podium finish by the Indians