Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela have become the first set of Indian shooters to secure quota places for the 2020 Olympics. Moudgil finished second on the podium and won a silver in the women’s 10m air rifle event of the International Shooting Sport Federation’s (ISSF) World Championship in Changwon, South Korea yesterday.
Chandela finished fourth in the same event. The 24-year-old Moudgil shot a total of 248.4 in the eight-women final to open the Indian senior squad’s medal account in the prestigious tournament.
Chandela aggregated 207 to finish fourth but still made the cut since a country can avail two Olympic quota places in this event. This is the premier tournament of the ISSF and assumes added significance as it is the first Olympic quota event for the Tokyo Games, offering as many as 60 berths across 15 events.
Though the two shooters have secured quotas, as per the stated policy, the National Rifle Association of India will take the final call on selection. This will be based on the aggregate scores of shooters leading up to the Olympic Games.
In the men’s 10m air rifle event, Asian Games medallist Deepak Kumar cleared the qualification but finished sixth in the highly competitive final which was dominated by Russia and Croatia.