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Tokyo 2020: Data check – where Indian shooters finished and how far they were from finals


India’s highly-rated shooting contingent fired a blank for the second straight Olympics Games, wrapping up their campaign at Tokyo 2020 with just one final appearance from 15 shooters.

Yes, India reached just one final across eight events at Tokyo Olympics.

Just like Rio 2016, India didn’t have a single medal in a discipline that has generally seen success for India at the international stage, and even the three straight Olympics. But Tokyo 2020 felt like a step back from Rio.

Five years back, there had been two finalists from a 12-member shooting squad, the then-record for most Indian shooters at a Games – Jitu Rai in 10m air pistol and Abhinav Bindra in 10m air rifle. Beijing champion Bindra had agonisingly finished fourth in 10m air rifle while Rai was the first to be eliminated in the eight-shooter final.

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This time around, no one was anywhere close to a medal with the best finish being a seventh place (out of eight) by Saurabh Chaudhary in 10m air pistol. Crucially, not one shooter bar Chaudhary even came close to the final in Tokyo. In qualification, no other shooter finished in the top 10 or was in contention for a place in the…

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