Rio Olympics: Manavjit Sandhu, Kynan Chenai disappoint in first show

Manavjit Singh Sandhu; photo credit: The Times of India

Top Indian marksmen Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Kynan Chenai cut sorry figure on the third day of the Rio Olympics after being placed 17th and 19th on the opening day of the Men’s Trap qualification event on late on Sunday.

Sandhu and Chenai threw up scores of 68 and 67, respectively in the three rounds. A total of 33 shooters were in fray on Day One with each one getting 75 shots to score as much as possible. Sandhu returned scores of 23, 23, 22, while young sensation accumulated 22, 23, 22 at the Shotgun Range in Olympic Shooting Centre.

Having encountered a sloppy start, both managed to salvage in the second round, but they failed to handle pressure in the later rounds to end with a disappointing note at the end. Sandhu maintained a modest 14th position while Chennai was distant 28 at the end of Round I. The former leaped a place with a score of 46, while Chenai too elevated to the 16th spot with a score of 45 by the second round.

However, the duo have one more opportunity to redeem themselves when they come out for the second time on Monday for qualification. They will get two more rounds of 25 targets each to make the most of that.



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