At the Asian Shooting Championships 2023 in Changwon, Republic of Korea, Indian shooter Shriyanka Sadangi claimed an Olympic quota for her country by placing fourth in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions event.
At the Asian Shooting Championships 2023 in Changwon, Republic of Korea, Indian shooter Shriyanka Sadangi claimed an Olympic quota for her country by placing fourth in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions event. This achievement marked the 13th Olympic quota for India in the shooting discipline for the Paris 2024 Olympics and the second in this particular event. Sift Kaur Samra is the other shooter who had won an Olympic quota previously at the ISSF World Championships 2023. During the competition, Shriyanka Sadangi delivered a final score of 440.5. Host nation South Korea’s Eunseo Lee, who scored 468.5, won the prestigious gold. while Jiayu Han and Siyu Xia from China captured the silver and bronze with scores of 463.3 and 453.3, respectively.
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With this, India has now obtained all eight quotas in the rifle events, having earned all available quota places per nation in both 10m air rifle and 50m rifle 3 positions events. The Asian Shooting Championships 2023 are offering a total of 24 Olympic quotas, with the leading competitors in each event, representing different nations, given an opportunity to secure quotas for their countries at the Paris Olympics 2024. Since Lee had already collected a quota for South Korea and China had reached its maximum quota limit, Sadangi’s position in the final bagged her a fourth-place finish and quota for the nation.
As per the guidelines set by the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), it completely depends on the organizations to select athletes for the Olympic Games, which means that representation at Paris 2024 will be decided by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI). However, those Indian shooters who have won Olympic quotas will receive an additional point in the national selection trials next year, which is part of the selection policy of the NRAI.
During the qualifications of the Asian Shooting Championships 2023, Sadangi shot a 588 which placed her sixth in the final. She was closely followed by Asian Games bronze medallist Ashi Chouksey qualifying second with a score of 591 and Ayushi Podder coming in ninth with 587. Chouksey and Podder managed to put up 417.4 and 407.5 respectively in the final. Sift Kaur Samra, the Asian Games 2022 champion, led the qualifiers with a sensational score of 592. However, Samra was only competing for ranking points and hence, did not advance to the final eight. Manini Kaushik, who also played for ranking points, finished tenth with a score of 586.
However, the collective efforts of Chouksey, Sadangi, and Podder helped as the team earned the gold medal for India in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions team event, with a combined score of 1766. The Indian team surpassed Kazakhstan and South Korea who scored 1760 and 1759, respectively. The last quota event, i.e., the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions event, will witness a few top shooters like Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar, Swapnil Kusale, and Akhil Sheoran competing. But, India won’t be able to win any quota place in that event, as Swapnil and Akhil have previously earned the same for the nation. So, the shooters will only compete for top finishes.
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