Sanjeev nails Olympic Quota for India
Sanjeev Rajput became the 12th Indian shooter to bag a quota for Rio 2016 Olympics, as he won a quota in 50m Rifle 3 Positions today at the Asian Olympic Qualifying Tournament in New Delhi. There were three quota places on offer today. Though Sanjeev finished fourth in the finals, he won the quota as the two shooters from Kazakhstan and Japan who finished second and third respectively, had already won a quota last year.
Sanjeev Rajput made a strong start in the qualifying round and was leading the pack after the end of kneeling and prone rounds. He made a shaky start in the standing series, but finished strongly to end with a score of 1163 to qualify for the finals in the fourth place. In the finals, where all eight qualified shooters start from zero, four shooters including Sanjeev were vying for the three quota places. Though Sanjeev missed out on a podium finish he ensured that the quota place was never out of his reach. 35 year old Sanjeev, who had also competed in the same event in 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, is now the 10th shooter to be supported by OGQ who has won a quota for India.
Viren Rasquinha, CEO of OGQ was elated and said, "Sanjeev Rajput is one of India's most experienced shooters and shot very consistently today. We are very proud that all four quota winners from the final Olympic quota event viz. Heena Sidhu, Kynan Chenai, Ayonika Paul and Sanjeev Rajput are supported by OGQ."
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