Indian shooters continued their stellar performance at the Asian Shooting Championships in Doha as the former world champion Tejaswini Sawant became the latest Indian shooter to earn a quota for the Tokyo Olympics.
By virtue of making it to the finals of the women’s 50 m three positions event at the ASC, Sawant claimed the 12th quota in shooting for India.
Sawant was also a part of the Indian team, along with Kajal Saini and Gaayathri Nithyanadam, which won the bronze medal in the team event.
Out of the eight finalists in the event, five of them were not eligible for quota. With three quotas on offer, the shooters who reached the finals and were eligible for quota booked their tickets to Tokyo automatically.
Sawant qualified for the final in the fifth position, with a score of 1171 points. China’s Shi Mengyao topped the qualifying round with a score of 1178.
South Korea’s Bae Sang Hee was second with 1176 points, China’s Zhao Ruozhu was third with 1173 points and Fatemeh Karamzadeh of Iran was the fourth with 1171 points.
Eunseo Lee of South Korea and Shiori Hirata of Japan also had 1169 points. Shi Mengyao , Zhao Ruozhu, Bae Sang Hee and Eunseo Lee, all of them had already booked the Olympic berth in previous events.
This was the 12th Olympic quota for Indian shooters. Anjum Moudgil, Apurvi Chandela, Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma, Divyansh Singh Panwar, Sanjeev Rajput, Rahi Sarnobat, Manu Bhaker, Yashaswini Singh Deswal, Deepak Kumar and Chinki Yadav are the others who won India an Olympic quota.
On Friday, Chinki won the 11th quota in the final of women’s 25 m rapid pistol event and Sawant put the icing on the cake by winning the 12th quota to make the ASC a huge success for the Indian shooters.
Sports Authority of India took to twitter to congratulate Sawant who qualified for her maiden Olympic event. Here is SAI’s tweet –
#TejaswiniSawant wins quota!
Veteran shooter Tejaswini Sawant has earned a #Tokyo2020 quota for India in Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Position after reaching the final with a score of 1171. She is set to play her 1st ever #Olympics. Many congratulations#KheloIndia @KirenRijiju pic.twitter.com/ApL0tITcud
— SAI Media (@Media_SAI) November 9, 2019