Anish Bhanwala, a shooter who won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games and a bronze medal at the Asian Championships, qualified India for the shooting competition in the next Olympics in Paris. The event took place on Monday in Changwon, Korea, and was part of the men’s 25-meter rapid pistol fire competition.
The 21-year-old competitor from Karnal, who had 28 hits during the championship, was defeated in a shootout by Dai Yoshioka of Japan, who went on to win the silver medal.
Lee Gunhyeok, a fan favourite from the area, ended up winning the competition.
Bhanwala was able to secure the quota for the Paris Games by advancing to the final. This was necessary because China, Japan, and Korea had already used both of their Olympic quotas for the competition.
Other than Anish Bhanwala, all of the shooters that made it to the final were from China, Japan, or Korea. Bhanwala was the only shooter from India. Bhanwala had a score of 588, which was good enough for third place in the qualification round and advancement to the final.
Bhavesh Shekhawat, another Indian athlete who participated in the competition, shot a 584 and finished in the top eight of the qualification round. However, he was unable to advance to the final because he was only competing for ranking points (RPO). He did not meet the requirements to compete in the final.