Annu seals Olympic berth with silver in WC
New Delhi: Annu Raj Singh became the fifth Indian shooter to book a berth in next year’s London Olympics after clinching the 10m Air Pistol silver medal at the ongoing ISSF World Cup in Fort Benning, U.S.A.
Singh, who had never won a World Cup medal before this, qualified for the finals with 389 points, tied with eventual gold-medallist Olena Kostevych of Ukraine. The 27-year old shooter ended up second overall with a total score of 486.6 points, after scoring 97.6 points in the final. The bronze medal went to 2011 European Champion Celine Goberville of France, who closed with a score of 486.3 (388+98.3) — just 0.3 points away from the silver medal. Singh, ranked 33rd in the world before the final yesterday, joins rifle shooters Ronjan Sodhi, Gagan Narang, Hari Om Singh and Sanjeev Rajput, to clinch a quota place for the London Olympics. More than 600 athletes coming from 70 countries are participating in the third ISSF Rifle and Pistol World Cup stage of the year.